- Also called vegetable gold. a crocus, Crocus sativus, having showy purple flowers.
- an orange-colored condiment consisting of its dried stigmas, used to color and flavor foods.
- Also saffron yellow. a yellowish-orange color.
Origin of saffron
Examples from the Web for saffron
Later, around 400 BC, they invented faloodeh: rice water, vermicelli, and ice mixed with saffron and/or fruit.An Investigation Into the Delicious Origins of Ice Cream
July 13, 2014
The souped-up scarf comes in a Moroccan black and saffron tile print.J. Crew’s Best Accessories from Fall 2013
Misty White Sidell
February 13, 2013
And yet there was Saraswati, ordered to trade in the saffron robes for an orange jumpsuit.The Fugitive Guru
June 21, 2011
Cheese biscuits, asparagus spears with garlic and saffron mayonnaise, and mixed salted, roasted nuts.We Are Off to the Races!!
June 7, 2011
The savory cod served by Nafisi's family was perfumed with lemon and saffron and gently sauteed.Persian New Year Celebration With Author Azar Nafisi
Karen Fragala Smith
March 23, 2011
The yellow seeds of lilies will answer nearly the saffron's purpose.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
It will be ready an hour and a half after the saffron is in.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
Charlotte Campbell Bury
Pick eight ounces of English saffron very clean, cut it fine, and steep it twenty-four hours in a gallon of the best white wine.
To dye gloves to look like York tan or Limerick, put some saffron into a pint of water boiling hot, and let it infuse all night.
Take as much vinegar as will cover them, boil it with a little salt, and a pennyworth of saffron tied in a piece of muslin.
Word Origin and History for saffron
c.1200, from Old French safran (12c.), from Medieval Latin safranum (cf. Italian zafferano, Spanish azafran), ultimately from Arabic az-za'faran, which is of unknown origin. As a color word and an adjective, late 14c. German Safran is from French; Russian shafran' is from Arabic.