Definitions for safflowerˈsæfˌlaʊ ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

saf•flow•erˈsæfˌlaʊ ər(n.)

  1. a thistlelike composite plant, Carthamus tinctorius, native to the Old World, having finely toothed leaves and large orange-red flower heads.

    Category: Plants

  2. its dried florets used medicinally or as a red dyestuff.

    Category: Pharmacology

Origin of safflower:

1575–85; < D saffloer < MF safleur, alter. of It asfori < Ar aṣfar yellow

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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


  1. safflower(Noun)

    A cultivated thistle-like plant, Carthamus tinctorius, family Asteraceae, now grown mainly for its oil.

  2. Origin: safleur, from اصفر.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Safflower(noun)

    an annual composite plant (Carthamus tinctorius), the flowers of which are used as a dyestuff and in making rouge; bastard, or false, saffron

  2. Safflower(noun)

    the dried flowers of the Carthamus tinctorius

  3. Safflower(noun)

    a dyestuff from these flowers. See Safranin (b)


  1. Safflower

    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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