What does saffron mean?

Definitions for saffronˈsæf rən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. saffron, saffron crocus, Crocus sativus(noun)

    Old World crocus having purple or white flowers with aromatic pungent orange stigmas used in flavoring food

  2. saffron(noun)

    dried pungent stigmas of the Old World saffron crocus

  3. orange yellow, saffron(noun)

    a shade of yellow tinged with orange


  1. saffron(Noun)

    The saffron crocus plant, Crocus sativus.

  2. saffron(Noun)

    A seasoning made from the stigma of the saffron plant.

  3. saffron(Noun)

    A dye made from the stigma of the saffron plant.

  4. saffron(Adjective)

    Having a orange-yellow colour.

  5. Saffron(ProperNoun)

    ; a rare flower name from the saffron.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Saffron(noun)

    a bulbous iridaceous plant (Crocus sativus) having blue flowers with large yellow stigmas. See Crocus

  2. Saffron(noun)

    the aromatic, pungent, dried stigmas, usually with part of the stile, of the Crocus sativus. Saffron is used in cookery, and in coloring confectionery, liquors, varnishes, etc., and was formerly much used in medicine

  3. Saffron(noun)

    an orange or deep yellow color, like that of the stigmas of the Crocus sativus

  4. Saffron(adj)

    having the color of the stigmas of saffron flowers; deep orange-yellow; as, a saffron face; a saffron streamer

  5. Saffron(verb)

    to give color and flavor to, as by means of saffron; to spice

  6. Origin: [OE. saffran, F. safran; cf. It. zafferano, Sp. azafran, Pg. aafro; all fr. Ar. & Per. za' farn.]


  1. Saffron

    Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus, commonly known as the saffron crocus. Crocus is a genus in the family Iridaceae. Each saffron crocus grows to 20–30 cm and bears up to four flowers, each with three vivid crimson stigmas, which are each the distal end of a carpel. Together with the styles, or stalks that connect the stigmas to their host plant, the dried stigmas are used mainly in various cuisines as a seasoning and colouring agent. Saffron, long among the world's most costly spices by weight, is native to Greece or Southwest Asia and was first cultivated in Greece. As a genetically monomorphic clone, it was slowly propagated throughout much of Eurasia and was later brought to parts of North Africa, North America, and Oceania. The saffron crocus, unknown in the wild, likely descends from Crocus cartwrightianus, which originated in Crete; C. thomasii and C. pallasii are other possible precursors. The saffron crocus is a triploid that is "self-incompatible" and male sterile; it undergoes aberrant meiosis and is hence incapable of independent sexual reproduction—all propagation is by vegetative multiplication via manual "divide-and-set" of a starter clone or by interspecific hybridisation. If C. sativus is a mutant form of C. cartwrightianus, then it may have emerged via plant breeding, which would have selected for elongated stigmas, in late Bronze-Age Crete.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Saffron

    saf′run, n. a bulbous plant of the crocus kind with deep-yellow flowers: a colouring substance prepared from its flowers.—adj. having the colour of saffron: deep yellow.—adj. Saff′rony.—n. Saf′ranine, a coal-tar producing yellowish colour used in dyeing. [O. Fr. safran (It. zafferano)—Ar. za‛farānsafrā, yellow.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of saffron in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of saffron in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Homer:

    In saffron-colored mantle, from the tides of ocean rose the morning to bring light to gods and men.

  2. Ali Sheikh:

    Afghanistan cultivate the stock they get from Iran, give it an original certificate and supply it to buyers, saffron that comes to Spain is mixed with Spanish saffron and sold.

  3. Ali Sheikh:

    Traders are very clever and when a door is closed they go through the window, none of the traditional items (including pistachios and saffron) remain unsold. The demand is greater than supply.

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