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saffron

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noun saf·fron \ˈsa-ˌfrän, -frən\

Simple Definition of saffron

  • : 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. 1a :  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 medicineb :  the crocus supplying saffron

  2. 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


SAFFRON Defined for Kids

saffron

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noun saf·fron \ˈsa-frən\

Definition of saffron

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

  2. 2 :  an orange to orange yellow




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noun saf·fron \ˈsaf-rän, -rən\

Medical Definition of saffron

  1. 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. 2:  a purple-flowered crocus (Crocus sativa) that is the source of saffron—called also saffron crocus





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