- n. A term borrowed from the Latin "acanthus". A conventionalized representation of the spiny decorative leaf of Acanthus spinosus, a Mediterranean plant, used in architecture in the decoration of Corinthian and Composite capitals, and also in cabinetry, embroidery, and other arts and crafts.
- Simpson, John; Weiner, Edmund (eds). The Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1989. [www.oed.com]
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