[ sen-tawr-ee-uh ]
/ sɛnˌtɔr i ə /


any of numerous composite plants of the genus Centaurea, having tubular flowers in a variety of colors.Compare cornflower(def 1), knapweed.

Origin of centaurea

< New Latin (Linnaeus) by suffix change from Medieval Latin centauria; see centaury, -ea
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/ (ˌsɛntɔːˈrɪə, sɛnˈtɔːrɪə) /


any plant of the genus Centaurea, which includes the cornflower and knapweed

Word Origin for centaurea

C19: ultimately from Greek Kentauros the Centaur; see centaury
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