1. seed of amaranth plants used as a native cereal in Central and South America
2. any of various plants of the genus Amaranthus having dense plumes of green or red flowers
; often cultivated for food
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Amaranth \Am"a*ranth\, n. [L. amarantus, Gr. ?, unfading,
amaranth; 'a 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.]
1. An imaginary flower supposed never to fade. [Poetic]
2. (Bot.) A genus of ornamental annual plants (Amaranthus)
of many species, with green, purplish, or crimson flowers.
3. A color inclining to purple.