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Carnation meaning varies depending on the flower color. But at its heart, basic carnation flower meaning embraces the ideas of fascination, distinction and love. The love aspect of carnation meaning includes everything from a mother's devoted love to a suitor's passion for his bride.

White carnations symbolize purity and luck. Light red carnations symbolize admiration. Dark red carnations symbolize love and affection. Pink carnations symbolize gratitude. Yellow carnations symbolize disappointment or rejection.

Carnations are also known as the "Flower of God." The Greek name for Carnation is a fusion of "dios" and "anthos." Dios is used the described Zeus while Anthos means flower; thus the name "flower of God" is attached to it.