Female, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European

Anemone

Anemone (pr. a-nem-o-nee; Forvo) is the name of a genus of flowering plants, also known as the windflower, apparently because it opens up when the wind blows. It’s made up of Ancient Greek anemos (wind) via PIE *h₂enh₁- (to breathe) combined with the feminine patronymic suffix -ṓnē, so the name essentially means “daughter of the wind”.

In Greek mythology, when Adonis is killed by a wild boar, Aphrodite‘s tears mingled with his blood resulting in the birth of the anemone flower.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “daughter of the wind”

Usage: English

Variants:

  • Anémone (French)
  • Anemona (English Romanian)

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