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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pattern of honeysuckle or palm leaves in a radiating cluster, used as a motif in Greek art.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A palmette.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A floral ornament. See palmette

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In art and archaeology: A characteristic palmette or honeysuckle ornament, varying in detail, but constant in type, of very frequent occurrence both in single examples and in series, in vase-painting, in architectural sculpture, in jewelry and dress-fabrics, and in all other decorative work of Greek origin from very early times, and later in ornament derived from the Greek.


Greek, diminutive of anthemon, flower, from anthos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek (Wiktionary)



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