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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.
  3. any other plant of the genus Calendula.
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Origin of calendula

1870–75; < Medieval Latin, equivalent to Latin calend(ae) calends + -ula -ule
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Examples from the Web for calendula

Historical Examples

  • When you cut your finger, you will find Tincture of Calendula useful.

    Symbolic Logic

    Lewis Carroll

  • Calendula (Pot Marigold), all shades of yellow; mid-July until killed by frost.

    A Woman's Hardy Garden

    Helena Rutherfurd Ely

  • When the matter gets thick 'nd white it's better to inject the glycerine, calendula and water again.

    White Dandy; or, Master and I

    Velma Caldwell Melville

  • She said they filed the teeth and wet her tongue and mouth with a lotion made of calendula and water.

    White Dandy; or, Master and I

    Velma Caldwell Melville

  • Was the mysterious flower, as some suggest, a Calendula (Marygold), or an Aster?


British Dictionary definitions for calendula

calendula

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
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Word Origin

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