calendula

[ kuh-len-juh-luh ]

noun
  1. Also called pot marigold. a composite plant, Calendula officinalis, widely cultivated for its showy, many-rayed orange or yellow flower heads.

  2. the dried florets of this plant, sometimes used medicinally.

  1. any other plant of the genus Calendula.

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Origin of calendula

1
1870–75; <Medieval Latin, equivalent to Latin calend(ae) calends + -ula-ule

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British Dictionary definitions for calendula

calendula

/ (kæˈlɛndjʊlə) /


noun
  1. any Eurasian plant of the genus Calendula, esp the pot marigold, having orange-and-yellow rayed flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)

  2. the dried flowers of the pot marigold, formerly used medicinally and for seasoning

Origin of calendula

1
C19: from Medieval Latin, from Latin kalendae calends; perhaps from its supposed efficacy in curing menstrual disorders

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