A*can"thus (#), n.; pl. E. Acanthuses (#), L. Acanthi (#). [L., from Gr. . Cf. Acantha.]

1. Bot.

A genus of herbaceous prickly plants, found in the south of Europe, Asia Minor, and India; bear's-breech.

2. Arch.

An ornament resembling the foliage or leaves of the acanthus (Acanthus spinosus); -- used in the capitals of the Corinthian and Composite orders.


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