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[kawrn-flou-er] /ˈkɔrnˌflaʊ ər/
Also called bachelor's-button, bluebottle. a European composite plant, Centaurea cyanus, growing in grainfields, having blue to white flower heads, often cultivated as an ornamental.
Also called cornflower blue. a deep, vivid blue.
strawflower (def 2).
Origin of cornflower
First recorded in 1570-80; corn1 + flower Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cornflower
Historical Examples
  • The khaki of the British mingled with the cornflower blue of the French.

  • The girl hesitated, and then took a cornflower from her little bouquet.

    Thereby Hangs a Tale George Manville Fenn
  • "You have one great fault," exclaimed the cornflower, after listening to all these stories.

    Verotchka's Tales Mamin Siberiak
  • The chintz had a cornflower design that repeated all these colors.

    The House in Good Taste

    Elsie de Wolfe
  • The beds and borders crammed with cloves and many-coloured asters, the sweet blue of the cornflower, and the little lobelias.

    A Cotswold Village J. Arthur Gibbs
  • The lace curtains under the cornflower blue brocade were like Brussels wedding veils seen through a magnifying glass.

    Aurora the Magnificent Gertrude Hall
  • From rose-loved hedges, woodbine, and cornflower azure-blue, where yellowing wheat-stalks crowd up under the shadow of green firs.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • Blue Corundum exhibits various shades from light to dark, the color most highly prized being that known as cornflower blue.

  • Centaurea (cornflower), all shades of blue; three feet; blooms three months if kept cut.

    A Woman's Hardy Garden

    Helena Rutherfurd Ely
  • Far out in the sea the water is as blue as the petals of the cornflower, and clear as the purest glass.

    The Dust Flower Basil King
British Dictionary definitions for cornflower


a Eurasian herbaceous plant, Centaurea cyanus, with blue, purple, pink, or white flowers, formerly a common weed in cornfields: family Asteraceae (composites) Also called bluebottle See also bachelor's-buttons
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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