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(pronounced eh-KAN-thehs)

It seems a little odd that a Mediterranean plant would show up in this glossary, but this flora, which sports plump, scalloped leaves, plays a high-profile role in classic architecture. Carved representations of acanthus leaves are common to decorative elements, particularly within the Corinthian order. However, hundreds of years after the Greeks and Romans exerted their influence, William Morris utilized acanthus leaves in the designs of his exquisite wallpaper patterns during the Arts and Crafts movement of the late nineteenth century.