ca·​len·​du·​la kə-ˈlen-jə-lə How to pronounce calendula (audio)
: any of a small genus (Calendula) of yellow-rayed composite herbs of temperate regions

Examples of calendula in a Sentence

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Word History


borrowed from New Latin Calendula, genus name, probably borrowed from Italian calendola "the plant Calendula officinalis," from calenda "first day of the month" (borrowed from Latin Kalendae calends) + -ola, diminutive suffix

Note: Apparently a learned or semi-learned coinage in Italian. Dictionaries attribute the etymon to New Latin, but the earliest instance of it appears to be in Pietro Andrea Mattioli's Di Pedacio Dioscoride Anazarbeo libri cinque della historia & materia medicinale (Venice, 1544), an Italian translation of Dioscorides with Mattioli's commentary. According to Andrea Cesalpino's De plantis libri XVI (Florence, 1583, p. 495), "it is called Calendula in the vernacular, because it blooms monthly" ("Calendula vulgo appellatur; quia singulis mensibus floret …").

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of calendula was in 1651

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Cite this Entry

“Calendula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


ca·​len·​du·​la kə-ˈlen-jə-lə How to pronounce calendula (audio)
capitalized : a small genus of yellow-rayed composite herbs of temperate regions
: any plant of the genus Calendula
: the dried florets of plants of the genus Calendula (especially C. officinalis) sometimes used as a mild aromatic and diaphoretic
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