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Anemone (family Ranunculaceae) A genus of poisonous, perennial herbs (or, rarely, low shrubs) that have rhizomes, palmate, lobed leaves some of which are radical, the stem leaves occurring in a whorl of 3 some way below the flowers, and solitary flowers (or occasionally 2 or 3 flowers together). They have a perianth of 1 whorl, which is petal-like, and many free stamens and carpels. The fruit is a head of unplumed achenes. There are about 120 species, almost cosmopolitan and especially found in northern temperate regions.

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a·nem·o·ne / əˈnemənē/ • n. 1. a widely distributed, often cultivated plant (genus Anemone) of the buttercup family, typically bearing brightly colored flowers. 2. short for sea anemone. ORIGIN: mid 16th cent.: said to be from Greek anemōnē, literally ‘daughter of the wind.’

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anemone (windflower) Perennial plant found worldwide. Anemones have sepals resembling petals, and numerous stamens and pistils covering a central knob; two or three deeply toothed leaves appear in a whorl midway up the stem. Many are wild flowers, such as the wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa), common in Britain and Europe. There are 120 species. Family Ranunculaceae. See also buttercup; sea anemone

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anemone genus of plants XVI; (sea anemone) large polyp with petal-like tentacles XVIII. — L. anemōnē — Gr. anemṓnē, perh. f. ánemos wind.