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  • n  any plant of the genus Acanthus having large spiny leaves and spikes or white or purplish flowers; native to Mediterranean region but widely cultivated

  • Accessed via winding staircases, the narrow galleries are filled with plaster oddities: men fighting with griffins, single feet and knees, an acanthus leaf, a devil's face.
  • Coat cuffs are four inches, and heavily embroidered with gold acanthus leaves.
  • And here's something your friends probably don't already have: a facsimile reprint of an antique cookbook from Acanthus Books www.

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