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ἄνθος note that ἀνθέων shows up even in Attic.

I.a blossom, flower, Hom., etc.
2.generally, anything thrown out upon the surface, froth, scum.
II.metaph. the bloom or flower of life, ἥβης ἄνθος Il.; ὥρας ἄνθος Xen.; χροιᾶς ἄνθος the bloom of complexion, Aesch.:—also, the flower of an army and the like, Aesch., Thuc.; τὸ σὸν ἄνθος thy pride or honour, Aesch.
2.the height or highest pitch of anything, bad as well as good, ἔρωτος id=Aesch.; μανίας Soph.
III.brightness, brilliancy, Theogn.; in pl. bright colours, Plat.; ἁλὸς ἄνθεα, i.e. purple, Anth.

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