noun \ˈmer-ə-ˌgōld\

: a plant that is grown for its bright yellow or orange flowers

Full Definition of MARIGOLD

:  any of a genus (Tagetes) of composite herbs with showy usually yellow, orange, or maroon flower heads

Origin of MARIGOLD

Middle English, from Mary, mother of Jesus + Middle English gold
First Known Use: 14th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

French marigold (Tagetes patula).—Robert Bornemann/Photo Researchers

Any of about 50 species of annual herbaceous plants that make up the genus Tagetes in the aster family (Asteraceae), native to southwestern North America. The name also refers to the pot marigold (calendula) and unrelated plants of several families. Marigolds include popular garden ornamentals such as African marigold (T. erecta) and French marigold (T. patula), which have solitary or clustered red, orange, and yellow flowers and usually finely cut leaves. Because the strongly scented leaves discourage insect pests, marigolds are often planted among vegetable crops.


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