an ornament of floral forms in a flat radiating cluster, as in architectural decoration, vase painting, etc.
Historical Examples

In following this view of the history of the Ionic capital we have practically traversed that of the anthemion.
Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon

The Egyptian anthemion, derived from plants emerging from the water, has as a rule no connecting strand.
Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon

Ridge tiles covered the joints, and the lower end of each ridge terminated in an anthemion.
A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Volume I (of 2) A. H. Smith

Pisias objected to the marriage, and upbraided anthemion with throwing the youth away on Ismenodora.
Plutarch’s Morals Plutarch

But Europe was not dependent on Greek and Roman influences alone for the spread of the anthemion.
Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon

So did the high-born Ajax spoil Simosius, the descendant of anthemion.
The Iliad of Homer (1873) Homer

Mr. Goodyear has an elaborate study of the evolution of the Ionic capital (Fig. 82) from the anthemion.
Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon

In such wise did Ajax fell to earth Simoeisius, son of anthemion.
The Iliad Homer

noun (pl) -mia (-mɪə)
a floral design, used esp in ancient Greek and Roman architecture and decoration, usually consisting of honeysuckle, lotus, or palmette leaf motifs


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