Safflower definition

săflouər
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.
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The dried flowers of this plant, formerly used as a source of yellow and orange dyes.
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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.
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A dyestuff or drug prepared from its florets.
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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.
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The dried flowers of this plant, formerly used as a source of yellow and orange dyes.
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(botany) A cultivated thistle-like plant, Carthamus tinctorius, family Asteraceae, now grown mainly for its oil.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
safflower
Plural:
safflowers

Origin of safflower

  • Middle English saflour from Old French safleur from Old Italian saffiore (influenced by Old Italian fiore flower) from Arabic ‘uṭfur

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle French safleur, from Arabic اصفر (áṣfar, “yellow").

    From Wiktionary