carnation

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A carnation cultivar

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From Middle French carnation (person's color or complexion).

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carnation (countable and uncountable, plural carnations)

  1. (botany) A type of Eurasian plant widely cultivated for its flowers.
    1. originally, Dianthus caryophyllus
    2. other members of genus Dianthus and hybrids
  2. The type of flower they bear, originally flesh-coloured, but since hybridizing found in a variety of colours.
  3. A rosy pink colour
    carnation colour:  
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chapter 6:
      And the women of New Bedford, they bloom like their own red roses. But roses only bloom in summer; whereas the fine carnation of their cheeks is perennial as sunlight in the seventh heavens.
  4. (archaic) The pinkish colors used in art to render human face and flesh
  5. Sometimes, a scarlet colour.

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carnation (not comparable)

  1. Of a rosy pink or red colour.
  2. (archaic) Of a human flesh color.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French, possibly from Italian carnagione "flesh color", anyway from Late Latin carnatio "fleshiness", (from Latin caro "flesh") or a corruption of coronation (from coronare 'to crown', from corona 'crown') because of the flower's use in chaplets or from the toothed crown-like look of the petals.

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carnation f (countable and uncountable, plural carnations)

  1. (uncountable) a fleshy pinkish color (not the color of a carnation flower)
  2. (countable) skin tone
    Synonyms: teint

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