1Any plant of the genus Amaranthus, typically having small green, red, or purple tinted flowers. Certain varieties are grown for food.
Family Amaranthaceae: several genera, especially Amaranthus‘Several important crops are members of these families, with amaranth probably one of the most promising unexploited food and fodder crops.’
- ‘For tiny grains like teff and amaranth, use a very fine mesh strainer.’
- ‘This and a nearby plant were the first seabeach amaranth seen in more than 30 years.’
- ‘Garnish with sea urchin, caviar, amaranth and yuzu zest.’
- ‘The organization of leaf traces in amaranths is very peculiar.’
2A purple color.‘Then the dyed cloth becomes black and shines with amaranth.’
- ‘The grey and the amaranth show on the surface through the beige.’
- ‘It is intense ruby in colour, tending towards a lively amaranth.’
3An imaginary flower that never fades.‘It is to last and never fade like the amaranth flowers.’
- ‘A rose and an amaranth blossomed side by side in a garden.’
Mid 16th century from French amarante or modern Latin amaranthus, alteration (on the pattern of plant names ending in -anthus, from Greek anthos ‘flower’) of Latin amarantus, from Greek amarantos ‘not fading’.