African saffron

noun

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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