Saffron is the dried stigmas (the female reproductive parts) of the saffron crocus ( crocus sativus).
It takes about 70,000 crocus blossoms or 210,000 stigmas to yield just a pound of saffron.
So he came down and changed himself into a bull and breathed from his mouth a crocus 1721.
And why should the year's first crocus have brought him luck?
One of the best plants to use for the school bulb garden is the crocus, because the bulbs are cheap and very hardy.
The so-called bulb of the crocus has a somewhat different structure.
One morning Spring peeped round the corner and dropped a crocus or two and a primrose or two.
The oil of saffron, is extracted from the stigmata of the crocus sativus.
We are still under the dominion of North East winds, which keep people coughing as well as the crocus under ground.
There are seventy species of crocus, and many bloom in autumn.
late 14c., from Latin crocus, from Greek krokos "saffron, crocus," probably of Semitic origin (cf. Arabic kurkum), ultimately from Sanskrit kunkumam, unless the Sanskrit word is from the Semitic one. The autumnal crocus (Crocus sativa) was a common source of yellow dye in Roman times, and was perhaps grown in England, where the word existed as Old English croh, but this form of the word was forgotten by the time the plant was re-introduced in Western Europe by the Crusaders.