any of various composite plants of the genus Helianthus, as H. annuus, having showy, yellow-rayed flower heads often 12 inches (30 centimeters) wide, and edible seeds that yield an oil with a wide variety of uses: the state flower of Kansas.
Also called as·ter [as-ter] /ˈæs tər/ .Furniture. a conventionalized flower motif carved in the center panels of a Connecticut chest.
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How to use sunflower in a sentence
When I heard the news that it was okay to feed the birds again, I poured shelled sunflower seeds into the throat of my Squirrel Buster Classic and hung it on the shepherd’s crook in my backyard.Bird lovers rejoice: The all-clear has been sounded on backyard feeders | John Kelly | August 24, 2021 | Washington Post
She chose sunflower seeds and planted them — and years later, she chose the Simple sunflower as the name for her group.For years, this doctor has showed up after strangers’ weddings and — with permission — brought flowers back to her patients | Kellie B. Gormly | July 9, 2021 | Washington Post
Divide among the serving plates and top with the blueberries, toasted sunflower seeds and scallion greens.A salad with chicken, berries and poppy seed dressing is a bright, light summer meal | Ellie Krieger | June 24, 2021 | Washington Post
In a small, dry skillet over medium-high heat, toast the sunflower seeds, stirring frequently, until fragrant and a shade darker, about 3 minutes.A salad with chicken, berries and poppy seed dressing is a bright, light summer meal | Ellie Krieger | June 24, 2021 | Washington Post
One example is a 3D printed sunflower embedded with sensors that blossoms or closes depending on heat, force, and light.The Four Stages of Intelligent Matter That Will Bring Us Iron Man’s ‘Endgame’ Nanosuit | Shelly Fan | June 22, 2021 | Singularity Hub
Alexey, one of the refugees camping in Sviatohirsk, owns a sunflower seed warehouse in Sloviansk.Ukraine Families Flee Into the Forest to Escape Brutal Fighting in Sloviansk | Yusuf Sayman | June 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
You can also use sunflower oil or ghee, which is essentially clarified butter.
Brewer's veto comes a week after the Kansas State Senate rejected a similar bill in the sunflower State.
Last year, Sprouts bought sunflower Farmers Market, a 37-store chain.Wall Street Gets Punked Again With Sprouts Farmers Market IPO | Daniel Gross | August 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Balanced on top of the wagon were a sunflower plant and a stack of photos.Oklahoma Tornado Levels Moore 7-Eleven; Heroes Emerge to Save Injured | Christine Pelisek | May 22, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Wolff has illustrated this point by a series of experiments on the sunflower, of which we shall quote one.Elements of Agricultural Chemistry | Thomas Anderson
Saussure made similar experiments, and observed that the quantity of water exhaled by a sunflower amounted to about 220 lb.Elements of Agricultural Chemistry | Thomas Anderson
Delicate, refined, perfectly poised, and Kitty beside her like a sunflower to a sprig of heliotrope!You Never Know Your Luck, Complete | Gilbert Parker
And at last he found a fine seat on a tall sunflower, from which he could view every move that was made.The Tale of Buster Bumblebee | Arthur Scott Bailey
The chief produce of these tracts of unmixed sand is the sunflower, often the dense and almost exclusive occupant.
British Dictionary definitions for sunflower
any of several American plants of the genus Helianthus, esp H. annuus, having very tall thick stems, large flower heads with yellow rays, and seeds used as food, esp for poultry: family Asteraceae (composites): See also Jerusalem artichoke
sunflower seed oil the oil extracted from sunflower seeds, used as a salad oil, in the manufacture of margarine, etc
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