1. Noun.  A member of the genus ''Acanthus'' of herbaceous prickly plants with toothed leaves, (family Acanthaceae, order Scrophulariales) found in the south of Europe, Asia Minor, and India.
  2. Noun.  (architecture) An ornament resembling the foliage or leaves of ''Acanthus spinosus'', and used in the capitals of the Corinthian and composite orders.

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