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carnation

Postby skinem » Sat Aug 12, 2006 10:13 am

Carnation
car·na·tion
Pronunciation: kär-'nA-sh&n
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle French, from Old Italian carnagione, from carne flesh, from Latin carn-, caro
1 a (1) : the variable color of human flesh (2) : a pale to grayish yellow b : a moderate red
2 : a plant of any of numerous often cultivated and usually double-flowered varieties or subspecies of an Old World pink (Dianthus caryophyllus) originally flesh-colored but now found in many color variations

I looked this up when I saw carnation used as a descriptor of skin. I had never seen this word used except in reference to the flower, and was surprised to see definition #1.

Skinem-not a hot-house plant.
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Postby Perry » Sat Aug 12, 2006 11:21 am

I never thought about it either. But it seems that the first definition leads us to incarnation, reincarnationand carnal. Flesh is the connection accross these terms.
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Postby Bailey » Sat Aug 12, 2006 11:32 am

Interesting, I saw the title of this thread and immediatly saw something I'd never noticed, a flower with a fleshy name. I thought to myself carne, hmmm I never realized this. That they are Dianrthus-also called pinks makes sense. Because now there are lots of colors of Dianthus, but are known in the vernacular as pinks, makes the carne [flesh] a natural progression of the name carnation. Now there is a difference between dianthus and carnations, as carnation are bigger blooms. We put in both this year, Did I tell you my home name? Manuel Labor


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Postby gailr » Sat Aug 12, 2006 7:48 pm

Interesting that both carnations and orchids are the classic choices for a corsage.

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