African saffron


Definition of African saffron

1 : a product formed by adulterating the true saffron with the flowers of other plants (as Carthamus tinctorius and Calendula officinalis)
2a : a shrub (Lyperia crocea) of southern Africa
b : an orange dye obtained from the flowers of this shrub

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First Known Use of African saffron

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“African saffron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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