1. An imaginary flower supposed never to fade.
2. (Science: botany) a genus of ornamental annual Plants (Amaranthus) of many species, with green, purplish, or crimson flowers.
2. A colour inclining to purple.
Origin: L. Amarantus, gr, unfading, amaranth; priv. – to quench, cause to wither, fr. A root meaning to die, akin to E. Mortal; so called because its flowers do not soon wither: cf. F. Amarante. The spelling with th seems to be due to confusion with gr. Flower.