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saffron

noun saf·fron \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
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Origin of SAFFRON

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

saffron

noun saf·fron \ˈsa-frən\

Definition of SAFFRON for Kids

1
:  an orange spice that is made from the dried stigmas of a crocus and is used to color or flavor foods
2
:  an orange to orange yellow
Medical Dictionary

saffron

noun saf·fron \ˈsaf-rän, -rən\

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
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