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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.