Meaning of amaranth

am•a•ranth

Pronunciation: (am'u-ranth"), [key]
— n.
  1. an imaginary, undying flower.
  2. any plant of the genus Amaranthus, some species of which are cultivated as food and some for their showy flower clusters or foliage. Cf. amaranth family.
  3. a purplish-red, water-soluble powder, CHNONa, an azo dye used chiefly to color pharmaceuticals, food, and garments.
  4. purpleheart.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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