What does the word acanthus mean?

Usage examples for acanthus

  1. As I gazed the mediaeval bosses of the tabernacle of Orcagna seemed to melt and flow into their primal forms so that the folded lotus of the Nile and the Greek acanthus were braided with the runic knots and fish- tailed monsters of the North, and all the plastic terror and beauty born of man's hand from the Ganges to the Baltic quivered and mingled in Orcagna's apotheosis of Mary. – The Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton, Part 2 (of 10) by Edith Wharton
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