Origin: L, from gr. Cf. Acantha.

1. (Science: botany) a genus of herbaceous prickly plants, found in the south of Europe, asia minor, and India; bears-breech.

2. An ornament resembling the foliage or leaves of the acanthus (acanthus spinosus); used in the capitals of the Corinthian and composite orders.

Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page

This page was last modified on 3 October 2005, at 21:16. This page has been accessed 1,545 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link