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Thursday, September 23

Anthesis

[an-THEE-sis]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Greek, mid 19th century

1.

The flowering period of a plant, from the opening of the flower bud.

Examples of Anthesis in a sentence

"The roses’ anthesis happens in the early spring."

"Spring’s anthesis is really on display when the azalea bushes bloom."

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About Anthesis

This word stems from the Greek “anthesis,” a noun of action from “antheein,” meaning “to blossom.” That comes from “anthos,” meaning “flower.”

Did you Know?

If read quickly, “anthesis” can easily be mistaken for “antithesis,” a person or thing which is the direct opposite of something else. The antithesis of “anthesis” would be when leaves are falling in autumn.

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