[ kahr-ney-shuhn ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
late 16th century; Greek or Arabic perhaps based on a misreading of Arabic qaranful, "clove or clove pink," from the Greek karyophyllon
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any of numerous cultivated varieties of the clove pink, Dianthus caryophyllus, having long-stalked, fragrant, usually double flowers in a variety of colors: the state flower of Ohio
A) My valentine gave me a pink carnation instead of a rose. B) Her favorite flower is the carnation, so her boyfriend surprised her with a bouquet of the flower out of season.
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