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1660s, coined by Milton, originally in sense "unfading", as amaranth +‎ -ine, from Ancient Greek ἀμάραντος (amárantos, unfading). Later used for color.[1]


amaranthine (countable and uncountable, plural amaranthines)

  1. A dark reddish-purple colour.
    amaranthine colour:  
  2. The amaranth flower.
    • 1857, Eleanor Duckworth, ‎Milly Wentworth, Poems and Sketches (page 65)
      Ah! when the eternal morning dawns,
      And amaranthines shall displace the thorns []


amaranthine (comparative more amaranthine, superlative most amaranthine)

  1. Of a dark reddish purple colour.
  2. Unfading, eternal, immortal, infinite.
    • 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 11,[1]
      [] The angelick blast
      Filled all the regions: from their blisful bowers
      Of amarantine shade, fountain or spring,
      By the waters of life, where’er they sat
      In fellowships of joy, the sons of light
      Hasted, resorting to the summons high
    • 1893, Francis Thompson, The Hound of Heaven,[2]
      Ah! is Thy love indeed
      A weed, albeit an amaranthine weed,
      Suffering no flowers except its own to mount?
    • 1946, Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan, London: Eyre & Spottiswoode,
      “Fuchsia,” said the Doctor, “come along this evening and I’ll give you a tonic which you must make her take every day. By all that’s amaranthine you really must. []
  3. Relating to the mythical amaranth flower that never fades.
  4. Relating to, or having the form of plants of the genus Amaranthus.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ amaranthine” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.