saffron

12 ENTRIES FOUND:

saf·fron

noun \ˈsa-ˌfrän, -frən\

: an orange powder that is made from a type of flower (called a crocus) and that is used to color and flavor food

: an orange to orange-yellow color

Full Definition of SAFFRON

1
a :  the deep orange aromatic pungent dried stigmas of a purple-flowered crocus (Crocus sativus) used to color and flavor foods and formerly as a dyestuff and in medicine
b :  the crocus supplying saffron
2
:  a moderate orange to orange yellow

Origin of SAFFRON

Middle English, from Anglo-French saffron, safren, from Medieval Latin safranum, from Arabic zaʽfarān
First Known Use: 13th century

saf·fron

noun \ˈsaf-rän, -rən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SAFFRON

1
: the deep orange aromatic pungent dried stigmas of a purple-flowered crocus used to color and flavor foods and formerly as a dyestuff and as a stimulant antispasmodic emmenagogue in medicine
2
: a purple-flowered crocus (Crocus sativa) that is the source of saffron—called also saffron crocus

saffron

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Saffron (Crocus sativus)—Emil Muench/Ostman Agency

Golden-coloured, pungent seasoning and dye obtained from the dried stigmas of flowers of the saffron crocus (Crocus sativus), a bulbous perennial of the iris family. Because 1 lb (0.45 kg) of saffron represents 75,000 blossoms, it is the world's most expensive spice. The colour and flavour are essential ingredients for certain Mediterranean and Asian dishes, as well as for special English, Scandinavian, and Balkan baked goods. Since ancient times, saffron has been the official colour for the robes of Buddhist priests and for royal garments in several cultures. Greeks and Romans scattered saffron as a perfume in halls, courts, theatres, and baths.

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