1. Any of various perennial herbs of the genus Anemone in the buttercup family, native chiefly to northern temperate regions and having palmately lobed leaves and large white or brightly colored flowers. Also called windflower.
2. A sea anemone.
[Latin anemōnē, from Greek, perhaps from anemos, wind (perhaps because the petals are lost easily in wind); see anə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots, or perhaps of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew Na'ămān, a man's name (literally "pleasantness") and na'ămānîm, perhaps a distortion of an epithet of Adonis in Isaiah17:10; see nʿm in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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