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geranium.

ge*ra*ni*um

Pronunciation: \j[schwa]-'r[macron over a]-n[macron over e]-[schwa]m\

noun

: a plant often grown for its bright flowers

Word History: Many of the plants of the geranium family have long, thin, pointed fruits that look a bit like the bill of a bird. The ancient Greeks thought that the fruit of the wild geranium looked like the bill of a crane, and so gave the plant the name geranion, literally, "little crane." The English word geranium came from this Greek name.

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Publication:Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary
Date:Jan 1, 2009
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