• WordNet 3.6
    • n geranium any of numerous plants of the family Geraniaceae
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Geranium (Floriculture) A cultivated pelargonium.
    • Geranium (Bot) A genus of plants having a beaklike torus or receptacle, around which the seed capsules are arranged, and membranous projections, or stipules, at the joints. Most of the species have showy flowers and a pungent odor. Called sometimes crane's-bill.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n geranium A plant of the genus Geranium.
    • n geranium [capitalized] A genus of herbaceous plants (rarely undershrubs), the type of the order Geraniaceæ, distinguished by opposite lobed leaves, regular flowers, and five one-seeded carpels which separate elastically from the axis at maturity, the styles forming long tails which become revolute or spirally twisted. There are about 100 species, inhabiting temperate regions, of which 15 or more are North American. They have blue or rose-colored flowers, and a few of the species are rarely cultivated in gardens. Most of the species are astringent, and the roots of several have been used in medicine, as of the G. maculatum, a common plant in the United States. From the long beak of the fruit, the common species have received the name of crane′ s-bill. The herb-robert, G. Robertianum, with dissected leaves, is native of both Europe and the United States.
    • n geranium A plant of the genus Pelargonium, of South Africa, of which many varieties are common in house-culture and gardens under the names of scarlet geranium, rose geranium, etc.
    • n geranium One of ⋅everal plants of other genera.
    • n geranium An impure magenta which contains phosphene.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Geranium je-rā′ni-um a genus of plants with seed-vessels like a crane's bill.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. gera`nion, from ge`ranos crane: cf. F. géranium,. See Crane (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. geraniongeranos, a crane.


In literature:

Everybody says I got the very finest geraniums in the bottoms here.
"The Early Bird" by George Randolph Chester
On the sills were red geraniums in bloom.
"The Fifth Wheel" by Olive Higgins Prouty
Susan Fleet and Claude were pacing up and down in the garden among the geraniums.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
A smile chased itself over the face of Mrs. Shinevonboodle, and she picked herself up from the geraniums.
"Skiddoo!" by Hugh McHugh
These flowers are made of geranium-colored satin ribbon.
"Make Your Own Hats" by Gene Allen Martin
Give me that geranium, love.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
A fresh geranium or lemon verbena leaf gives a delightful odor and taste to jelly.
"Vaughan's Vegetable Cook Book (4th edition)" by Anonymous
I must confess they are not quite like geraniums in this respect.
"A Flat Iron for a Farthing" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
The "Danebrog" was designed by a cross of white flowers on a ground of red geraniums over each grave.
"Denmark" by M. Pearson Thomson
A plant pot full of scarlet geraniums rested on its head, and an arbutula twined up the sides.
"The Jolliest School of All" by Angela Brazil
You should just see our geraniums and fuchsias, growing out-of-doors in winter!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 103, December 24, 1892" by Various
He goes to Podunk all decorated up in geraniums and the rest of his life is a 'college man.
"The Spinner's Book of Fiction" by Various
Clara had a mild domestic appearance, rocking there behind the potted geraniums.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
Edith had woven in my hair some scarlet geraniums, my favorite flower.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
She gave herself no time to think, but went up to her flower-stand and began to cut the geranium blossoms and the rose.
"Tiverton Tales" by Alice Brown
And pick a spray or two of the scarlet geranium to go with it.
"Under the Country Sky" by Grace S. Richmond
A geranium oil containing 26.9 per cent.
"The Handbook of Soap Manufacture" by W. H. Simmons
Then he'd tacked on some flower-boxes underneath and filled 'em with geraniums.
"The House of Torchy" by Sewell Ford
Now you can leave that and set out this geranium.
"Mitch Miller" by Edgar Lee Masters
He astonished Mrs. Jobling next day by the gift of a geranium in full bloom.
"Short Cruises" by W. W. Jacobs

In poetry:

Within the window's scant recess,
Behind a pink geranium flower,
She sits and sews, and sews and sits,
From patient hour to patient hour.
"New Neighbors" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Remember the walker upon it?
Meaning leaks from the molecules.
The chimneys of the city breathe, the window sweats,
The children leap in their cots.
The sun blooms, it is a geranium.
"Mystic" by Sylvia Plath
Two men, they say, went West that day,
But I knew only one;
Geranium-red his blood was spread
And blazoned in the sun;
A lighting crash . . . Lo! in a flash
His racing days were done.
"Rivera Honeymoon" by Robert W Service
Green and tall as ever it grew in spring the grass
Grows not too tall, will not be cut again this year.
Geraniums in bloom behind the windowglass
Are safe. Fall has fallen yet winter is not yet here.
"Symbol" by Robert Francis
The Porch was blazoned with geranium bloom;
Myrtle and jasmine meadows lit the lea;
With rose and violet the vale's perfume
Languished to where the hyacinthine sea
Dreamed tenderly . . . "And I must go," said he.
"No More Music" by Robert W Service
The rose aflame of beauty, there drops petals on the sod,
To scarlet blush geraniums, and passion flowers nod
In breezy swells of zephyrs that strike up the mystic chime,
While carol winged minstrels in the glory of their prime.
"If I Had A Million" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

Arts and culture flower at The Red Geranium 's new Charleston location.
There will be culinary and decorative herbs, annuals, perennials, everlastings, fairy gardens, and geraniums.
We talked about how we loved all the planters filled with red geraniums that are a staple on Maine households' doorsteps and late this August we saw the most beautiful arranged planter in Downtown Bath, Maine.
Our slide show is all about how to grow rose- scented geraniums in the winter and in the summer, indoors and out.
In the Northwest, geraniums provide nonstop color with a minimum of effort.
Spindly geraniums can't take the hot Texas sun.
A body was found inside a home on Geranium Lane near Marigold around 7:30 pm Tuesday night.
Courts of South Rouge by Geranium Homes have built with a difference.
Is there a secret to growing potted geraniums.
Drivin' N Cryin' headlining McDonough's Geranium Jam.
Special Photo Drivin' N Cryin', an Atlanta-based band, will take the stage in McDonough, Saturday, for the Geranium Jam.
For scented geraniums, like the ones pictured here, cut actively growing shoots with at least three leaves from healthy plants.
According to a letter from Goldsmith Plants to numerous industry affiliates, the USDA informed Goldsmith Plants, Inc, Tuesday afternoon that they will not be allowed to ship geranium cuttings to the United States this season.
25 students pot, deliver geraniums to flooded homes.
Students in a leadership camp at Jim Hill Middle School potted geraniums last week and later delivered them to homes in neighborhoods that were flooded last summer.