centaurea

[ sen-tawr-ee-uh ]
/ sɛnˌtɔr i ə /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. cent.,
  2. cental,
  3. centare,
  4. centas,
  5. centaur,
  6. centaurs,
  7. centaurus,
  8. centaury,
  9. centavo,
  10. centenarian

Origin of centaurea

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

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British Dictionary definitions for centaurea

centaurea

/ (ˌsɛntɔːˈrɪə, sɛnˈtɔːrɪə) /

noun

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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