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safflower

[ saf-lou-er ]
/ ˈsæfˌlaʊ ər /
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noun
a thistlelike composite plant, Carthamus tinctorius, native to the Old World, having finely toothed leaves and large, orange-red flower heads.
its dried florets, used medicinally or as a red dyestuff.

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Origin of safflower

1575–85; <Dutch saffloer<Middle French safleur, alteration (assimilated to safransaffron and fleurflower) of Italian asfori<Arabic aṣfar yellow
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British Dictionary definitions for safflower

safflower
/ (ˈsæflaʊə) /

noun
a thistle-like Eurasian annual plant, Carthamus tinctorius, having large heads of orange-yellow flowers and yielding a dye and an oil used in paints, medicines, etc: family Asteraceae (composites)
a red dye used for cotton and for colouring foods and cosmetics, or a drug obtained from the florets of this plant
Also called: false saffron

Word Origin for safflower

C16: via Dutch saffloer or German safflor from Old French saffleur, from Early Italian saffiore, of uncertain origin. Influenced by saffron, flower
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