Definitions for safflowerˈsæfˌlaʊ ər
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safflower, false saffron, Carthamus tinctorius(noun)
thistlelike Eurasian plant widely grown for its red or orange flower heads and seeds that yield a valuable oil
A cultivated thistle-like plant, Carthamus tinctorius, family Asteraceae, now grown mainly for its oil.
Origin: safleur, from اصفر.
an annual composite plant (Carthamus tinctorius), the flowers of which are used as a dyestuff and in making rouge; bastard, or false, saffron
the dried flowers of the Carthamus tinctorius
a dyestuff from these flowers. See Safranin (b)
Origin: [F. safleur, saflor, for safran, influenced by fleur flower. See Saffron, and Flower.]
Safflower is a highly branched, herbaceous, thistle-like annual. It is commercially cultivated for vegetable oil extracted from the seeds. Plants are 30 to 150 cm tall with globular flower heads having yellow, orange, or red flowers. Each branch will usually have from one to five flower heads containing 15 to 20 seeds per head. Safflower is native to arid environments having seasonal rain. It grows a deep taproot which enables it to thrive in such environments.
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