- a thistlelike, annual plant (Carthamus tinctorius) of the composite family, with large, orange flower heads and seeds that yield a drying oil used in paints, foods, medicine, etc.
- a dyestuff or drug prepared from its florets
Origin of saffloweraltered ( from saffron and flower) from Dutch or MFr: Dutch saffloer from Middle French saffleur from Italian saffiore from Arabic a?far, yellow
- A thistlelike Eurasian plant (Carthamus tinctorius) in the composite family, having orange flowers that produce seeds containing an oil used for cooking and in food products, cosmetics, and paints.
- The dried flowers of this plant, formerly used as a source of yellow and orange dyes.
Origin of safflowerMiddle English saflour from Old French safleur from Old Italian saffiore ( influenced by Old Italian fiore flower ) from Arabic 'u&slowdot;fur
Middle French safleur, from Arabic Ø§ØµÙØ± (Ã¡á¹£far, “yellow").