saf·fron noun \ˈsaf-rän, -rən\
: 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
: a purple-flowered crocus (Crocus sativa) that is the source of saffron—called also saffron crocus
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