Car*na"tion (?), n. [F. carnation the flesh tints in a painting, It carnagione, fr. L. carnatio fleshiness, fr. caro, carnis, flesh. See Carnal.]


The natural color of flesh; rosy pink.

Her complexion of the delicate carnation. Ld. Lytton.

2. pl. Paint.

Those parts of a picture in which the human body or any part of it is represented in full color; the flesh tints.

The flesh tints in painting are termed carnations. Fairholt.

3. Bot.

A species of Dianthus (D. Caryophyllus) or pink, having very beautiful flowers of various colors, esp. white and usually a rich, spicy scent.


© Webster 1913.