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any of various plants belonging to the genus Anemone, of the buttercup family, having petallike sepals and including several wild species with white flowers as well as others cultivated for their showy flowers in a variety of colors.
Historical Examples

In what way might the anemone be of use to its partner, the hermit crab?
On the Seashore R. Cadwallader Smith

Lulla, because of her anemone ways, is sometimes unkindly called “Huffs.”
Lotus Buds Amy Carmichael

The forest abounded with the yellow anemone (anemone ranunculoides), which many people consider as differing from that genus.
The World’s Greatest Books, Volume 19 Various

The Japanese anemone should be replanted only in the spring.
Making a Garden of Perennials W. C. Egan

So is the flower of anemone (Fig. 233), although its calyx is colored like a corolla.
The Elements of Botany Asa Gray

Of course not; I should think I ought to know an anemone by now, sir!
Bob Strong’s Holidays John Conroy Hutcheson

A lovely hybrid between it and R. indica has been raised and named anemone.
Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens Ernest Thomas Cook

The locomotive power of the anemone, or actinia, is very sluggish.
Harper’s Young People, April 13, 1880 Various

Between, was all the glad out-peeping of buds and anemone flowers and the rush of birds.
The White Peacock D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

anemone Cottage was built partly of boulders taken from the shore.
The Opened Shutters Clara Louise Burnham

any ranunculaceous woodland plant of the genus Anemone of N temperate regions, such as the white-flowered A. nemorosa (wood anemone or windflower). Some cultivated anemones have lilac, pale blue, pink, purple, or red flowers See also pasqueflower Compare sea anemone

flowering plant genus, 1550s, from Middle French anemone (16c.) and directly from Latin anemone, from Greek anemone “wind flower,” literally “daughter of the wind,” from anemos “wind” (cognate with Latin anima; see animus) + -one feminine patronymic suffix. According to Asa Gray, so called because it was thought to open only when the wind blows. Klein suggests the flower name perhaps originally is from Hebrew (cf. na’aman, in nit’e na’amanim, literally “plants of pleasantness,” in Is. xvii:10, from na’em “was pleasant”). Applied to a type of sea creature (sea anemone) from 1773.
See sea anemone.


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  • Anemophilous

    fertilized by wind-borne pollen or spores. Historical Examples Nor is it true to say that all anemophilous flowers are inconspicuous as compared with the green of their leaves. The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, December 1879 Various anemophilous, said of flowers that are fertilized by the wind conveying the pollen. The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 […]

  • Anemophily

    fertilized by wind-borne pollen or spores. adjective (of flowering plants such as grasses) pollinated by the wind Compare entomophilous anemophilous (ān’ə-mŏf’ə-ləs) Pollinated by the wind.

  • Anemophobia

    noun a fear of drafts, gusts of air, wind Word Origin Greek anemos ‘wind’ anemophobia an·e·mo·pho·bi·a (ān’ə-mō-fō’bē-ə, ə-nē’mə-) n. An abnormal fear of the wind or drafts.

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