geranium


noun

  1. any of numerous plants of the genus Geranium, which comprises the crane’s-bills.
  2. the wild geranium, G. maculatum, of eastern North America, having loose clusters of lavender flowers.
  3. Also called stork’s-bill. any of various plants of the allied genus Pelargonium, native to southern Africa, having showy flowers or fragrant leaves, widely cultivated in gardens and as houseplants.
  4. a flower of this plant.
  5. a vivid red color.

noun

  1. any cultivated geraniaceous plant of the genus Pelargonium, having scarlet, pink, or white showy flowersSee also pelargonium, rose geranium, lemon geranium
  2. any geraniaceous plant of the genus Geranium, such as cranesbill and herb Robert, having divided leaves and pink or purplish flowers
  3. a strong red to a moderate or strong pink colour
n.

1540s, from Latin geranium, from Greek geranion, the plant name, diminutive of geranos “crane” (cognate with Latin grus, English crane (n.)), from supposed resemblance of seed pods to cranes’ bills; the native name was also cranebill. As a color name from 1842.

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