car·na·tion1 / kärˈnāshən/ •
n. a double-flowered cultivated variety of clove pink (Dianthus caryophyllus) with gray-green leaves and showy pink, white, or red flowers. ∎ a rosy pink color.car·na·tion2 • adj. of a rosy pink color: sage and carnation throw pillows.• n. a rosy pink color.
Slender-stemmed herbaceous plant
native to Europe
. It has narrow leaves, characteristic swollen stem joints, and produces several dense blooms with serrated (pinked) petals which range from white to yellow, pink and red. Family Caryophyllaceae; species Dianthus caryophyllus.
rosy pink colour. XVI. — F. — It. carnagione
— late L. carnātiō
fleshiness, corpulence, f. carō
flesh; see prec. and -ATION
clove-pink, Dianthus caryophyllus
. XVI. In early use varying with coronation
; of uncert. orig.