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borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from Greek ánthēsis "blooming," from anthē-, variant stem of antheîn "to blossom, bloom" (verbal derivative of ánthos "flower") + -sis -sis — more at antho-

circa 1823, in the meaning defined above

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anthesis noun

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  • anthesis in OED Second Edition (1989)

What does the noun anthesis mean?

There is one meaning in OED's entry for the noun anthesis . See ‘Meaning & use’ for definition, usage, and quotation evidence.

How common is the noun anthesis ?

How is the noun anthesis pronounced?

British english, u.s. english, where does the noun anthesis come from.

Earliest known use

The earliest known use of the noun anthesis is in the late 1700s.

OED's earliest evidence for anthesis is from 1783, in C. Linnaeus' Syst. Veg.

anthesis is a borrowing from Latin.

Etymons: Latin anthesis .

Nearby entries

  • antheridium, n. 1818–
  • antheriferous, adj. 1799–
  • antheriform, adj. 1802–
  • antherine, n. 1689–
  • antherless, adj. 1798–
  • antherogenous, adj. 1847
  • antheroid, adj. 1818–
  • antherozoid, n. 1853–
  • antherozoidal, adj. 1865–
  • anther valve, n. 1839–
  • anthesis, n. 1783–
  • anthias, n. 1601–
  • anthill, n. Old English–
  • ant-hillock, n. 1656–
  • ant-hilly, adj. 1796–
  • anthine, n. & adj. 1601–1768
  • ant-hive, n. 1817–
  • antho-, comb. form
  • anthobian, n. & adj. 1835–
  • anthocarpous, adj. 1835–
  • anthocephalous, adj. 1847

Meaning & use

The Anthesis [Latin Anthesis ] takes place, when the burnt Anthers scatter their bags of Dust upon the Stigma.
Bractea of the female flowers very much enlarged after anthesis , when the spike presents the appearance of a pine-apple; bright yellow, with red apices.
The term anthesis is sometimes used to indicate the period at which the flower-bud opens.
There were both delayed and extended antheses and most of the time the flowers were semi-open.
Histologically the ovary and style are relatively simple at anthesis .
From the time of anthesis , when the floral parts open to receive pollen, the developing grain becomes the dominant sink.
A later planting date reduced pre-anthesis moisture stress by reducing the number of days..for the crop to reach anthesis .
  • efflorescence 1626– The process of producing flowers, or bursting into flower; the period of flowering.
  • blow 1748– Manner, style, or time of blossoming. Also figurative .
  • anthesis 1783– The stage at which a flower is open, allowing fertilization to occur. Also: an instance of this.
  • florescence 1793– The process of producing flowers or bursting into flower; the period or state of flowering. Also concrete . Flowers collectively.

Pronunciation

Plural: antheses.

  • ð th ee
  • ɬ rhingy ll

Some consonants can take the function of the vowel in unstressed syllables. Where necessary, a syllabic marker diacritic is used, hence <petal> /ˈpɛtl/ but <petally> /ˈpɛtl̩i/.

  • a trap, bath
  • ɑː start, palm, bath
  • ɔː thought, force
  • ᵻ (/ɪ/-/ə/)
  • ᵿ (/ʊ/-/ə/)

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  • The symbol ˈ at the beginning of a syllable indicates that that syllable is pronounced with primary stress.
  • The symbol ˌ at the beginning of a syllable indicates that that syllable is pronounced with secondary stress.
  • Round brackets ( ) in a transcription indicate that the symbol within the brackets is optional.

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* /d/ also represents a 'tapped' /t/ as in <bitter>

Some consonants can take the function of the vowel in unstressed syllables. Where necessary, a syllabic marker diacritic is used, hence <petal> /ˈpɛd(ə)l/ but <petally> /ˈpɛdl̩i/.

  • i fleece, happ y
  • æ trap, bath
  • ɑ lot, palm, cloth, thought
  • ɔ cloth, thought
  • ɔr north, force
  • ə strut, comm a
  • ər nurse, lett er
  • ɛ(ə)r square
  • æ̃ sal on

Simple Text Respell

Simple text respell breaks words into syllables, separated by a hyphen. The syllable which carries the primary stress is written in capital letters. This key covers both British and U.S. English Simple Text Respell.

b, d, f, h, k, l, m, n, p, r, s, t, v, w and z have their standard English values

  • arr carry (British only)
  • a(ng) gratin
  • o lot (British only)
  • orr sorry (British only)
  • o(ng) salon

Inflections

anthesis typically occurs about 0.2 times per million words in modern written English.

anthesis is in frequency band 4, which contains words occurring between 0.1 and 1 times per million words in modern written English. More about OED's frequency bands

Frequency of anthesis, n. , 1810–2010

* Occurrences per million words in written English

Historical frequency series are derived from Google Books Ngrams (version 2), a data set based on the Google Books corpus of several million books printed in English between 1500 and 2010.

The overall frequency for a given word is calculated by summing frequencies for the main form of the word, any plural or inflected forms, and any major spelling variations.

For sets of homographs (distinct entries that share the same word-form, e.g. mole , n.¹, mole , n.², mole , n.³, etc.), we have estimated the frequency of each homograph entry as a fraction of the total Ngrams frequency for the word-form. This may result in inaccuracies.

Smoothing has been applied to series for lower-frequency words, using a moving-average algorithm. This reduces short-term fluctuations, which may be produced by variability in the content of the Google Books corpus.

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Frequency of anthesis, n. , 2017–2023

Modern frequency series are derived from a corpus of 20 billion words, covering the period from 2017 to the present. The corpus is mainly compiled from online news sources, and covers all major varieties of World English.

Smoothing has been applied to series for lower-frequency words, using a moving-average algorithm. This reduces short-term fluctuations, which may be produced by variability in the content of the corpus.

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Oct.–Dec. 20170.0042
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July–Sept. 20180.0045
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July–Sept. 20190.0059
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Apr.–June 20220.015
July–Sept. 20220.015
Oct.–Dec. 20220.015
Jan.–Mar. 20230.017

Compounds & derived words

  • synanthesis , n. 1880– Simultaneous ripening of the stamens and pistils in a flower.

Entry history for anthesis, n.

anthesis, n. was revised in March 2016.

anthesis, n. was last modified in July 2023.

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[ an- thee -sis ]

  • the period or act of expansion in flowers, especially the maturing of the stamens.

/ ænˈθiːsɪs /

  • the time when a flower becomes sexually functional

/ ăn-thē ′ sĭs /

  • The period during which a flower is fully open and functional.
  • Also called efflorescence

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Origin of anthesis 1

Example Sentences

These swellings help to spread out the branches especially at the time of anthesis.

Relation of temperature to anthesis and blossom drop of the tomato together with a histological study of the pistils.

Anthesis, the period or the act of the expansion of a flower.

These glands secrete a viscid juice at the time of anthesis.

Anthesis, anthropocosmic—— Say, I'm glad you didn't call me that!

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  • noun the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms synonyms: blossoming , efflorescence , florescence , flowering , inflorescence see more see less type of: development , growing , growth , maturation , ontogenesis , ontogeny (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level

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Anthesis Definition

The event of a flower opening.

  • inflorescence
  • florescence
  • efflorescence

Other Word Forms of Anthesis

Origin of anthesis.

Greek anthēsis flowering from anthein to bloom from anthos flower

From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

Ancient Greek ἄνθος (anthos, “flower”), + -ησις (-ēsis), suffix indicating an event.

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Definitions for anthesis ænˈθi sɪs an·the·sis, this dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word anthesis ., princeton's wordnet rate this definition: 0.0 / 0 votes.

blossoming, flowering, florescence, inflorescence, anthesis, efflorescence noun

the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms

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  • anthesis noun

The event of a flower opening.

Etymology: ἄνθος, + -ησις, suffix indicating an event.

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Anthesis is the period or stage during which a flower is fully open and functional. It refers particularly to the time when both the male and female floral parts are mature and ready for fertilization, typically marked by the blooming or flowering phase in a plant's life cycle.

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Anthesis noun

the period or state of full expansion in a flower

Etymology: [Gr. bloom, fr. 'anqei^n to bloom, 'a`nqos flower.]

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Anthesis is the period during which a flower is fully open and functional. It may also refer to the onset of that period. The onset of anthesis is spectacular in some species. In Banksia species, for example, anthesis involves the extension of the style far beyond the upper perianth parts. Anthesis of flowers is sequential within an inflorescence, so when the style and perianth are different colours, the result is a striking colour change that gradually sweeps along the inflorescence. Flowers with diurnal anthesis generally have brightly colored flowers to attract diurnal insects, such as butterflies. Flowers with nocturnal anthesis generally have white or less colorful flowers, that contrast more strongly with the night. These flowers typically attract nocturnal insects including many moth species.

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The numerical value of anthesis in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

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The numerical value of anthesis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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  • antesis Spanish
  • sub anthesi Latin

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  1. Anthesis Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster

    The meaning of ANTHESIS is the action or period of opening of a flower.

  2. anthesis, n. meanings, etymology and more | Oxford English ...

    The stage at which a flower is open, allowing fertilization to occur. Also: an instance of this. 1783. The Anthesis [Latin Anthesis] takes place, when the burnt Anthers scatter their bags of Dust upon the Stigma.

  3. ANTHESIS Definition & Meaning | Dictionary.com

    Anthesis definition: the period or act of expansion in flowers, especially the maturing of the stamens.. See examples of ANTHESIS used in a sentence.

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    Definitions of anthesis. noun. the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms. synonyms: blossoming, efflorescence, florescence, flowering, inflorescence. see more.

  5. anthesis | Definition and example sentences

    This was essentially a physiological maturity phase occurring after anthesis until the end of grain enlargment. The following sequence of floral parameters was noted: anthesis, odour release, nectar secretion, pollen liberation, and receptivity of stigmas.

  6. Anthesis Definition & Meaning | YourDictionary

    Anthesis definition: The period during which a flower is fully open and functional.

  7. ANTHESIS definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary

    anthesis in British English (ænˈθiːsɪs ) noun the time when a flower becomes sexually functional

  8. What does anthesis mean? - Definitions.net

    Anthesis is the period or stage during which a flower is fully open and functional. It refers particularly to the time when both the male and female floral parts are mature and ready for fertilization, typically marked by the blooming or flowering phase in a plant's life cycle.

  9. ANTHESIS definition in American English | Collins English ...

    anthesis in American English (ænˈθisɪs) noun Word forms: plural -ses (-siz) Botany the period or act of expansion in flowers, esp. the maturing of the stamens

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    Search. . Meaning of anthesis. anthesis. What does anthesis‎ mean? anthesis ( English) Origin & history. Ancient Greek ἄνθος ("flower"), + -ησις, suffix indicating an event. Noun. anthesis ( pl. antheses ) ( botany) The event of a flower opening. Translations. Anagrams. shanties. sthenias. Examples.