bachelor's button

noun

: a European composite (Centaurea cyanus) having flower heads with usually blue, pink, or white rays that is often cultivated in North America

called also cornflower

Examples of bachelor's button in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is the case for all plants in the sunflower family, including daisies, yarrow, goldenrod, asters, coreopsis, and bachelor's buttons. Deb Wiley, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Feb. 2024 Beware, perennial bachelor's button also goes by names like mountain bluet, corn flower, and basket flower, but all are bad news. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Sep. 2022 Flowers which air dry well include goldenrod, hydrangea, statice, strawflower, celosia, rosebuds, yarrow, globe amaranth, grass plumes, rudbeckia, bachelor's buttons, zinnias and sunflower, to name a few. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, 4 Nov. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bachelor's button was in 1847

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“Bachelor's button.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bachelor%27s%20button. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

bachelor's button

noun
: a European plant related to the daisies and often grown for its showy blue, pink, or white flower heads

called also cornflower

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