sunflower

[ suhn-flou-er ]
/ ˈsʌnˌflaʊ ər /
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noun

any of various composite plants of the genus Helianthus, as H. annuus, having showy, yellow-rayed flower heads often 12 inches (30 cm) wide, and edible seeds that yield an oil with a wide variety of uses: the state flower of Kansas.
Also called aster. Furniture. a conventionalized flower motif carved in the center panels of a Connecticut chest.

Origin of sunflower

1555–65; translation of Latin flōs sōlis flower of the sun
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British Dictionary definitions for sunflower

sunflower

/ (ˈsʌnˌflaʊə) /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for sunflower

sunflower


n.

1560s, "heliotrope;" in reference to the helianthus (introduced to Europe 1510 from America by the Spaniards) it is attested from 1590s. From sun (n.) + flower (n.).

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