[ saf-ruh n ]
/ ˈsæf rən /
Also called vegetable gold. a crocus, Crocus sativus, having showy purple flowers.
an orange-colored condiment consisting of its dried stigmas, used to color and flavor foods.
Also saffron yellow. a yellowish-orange color.
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Origin of saffron
1150–1200; Middle English saffran, saffron Old French safran < Medieval Latin saffrānum < Arabic zaʿfarān
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British Dictionary definitions for vegetable-gold
/ (ˈsæfrən) /
Word Origin for saffron
C13: from Old French safran, from Medieval Latin safranum, from Arabic za'farān
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