ca·​len·​du·​la | \ kə-ˈlen-jə-lə How to pronounce calendula (audio) , -dyu̇-lə \

Definition of calendula

: any of a small genus (Calendula) of yellow-rayed composite herbs of temperate regions

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Recent Examples on the Web The crostini that start off dinner are beautifully decorated with colorful petals from roses and calendula. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 28 June 2021 ROMER Cleanse is formulated with Manuka honey, aloe vera, coffee seed extract and calendula to soothe and cleanse skin. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 19 June 2021 Snapdragons, stocks, calendula and even pansies in many gardens were killed by the Valentine’s week freeze. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Apr. 2021 The favorite cool-weather nectar sources seem to be dianthus, stock, alyssum, sweet pea and calendula. Calvin Finch,, 22 Oct. 2020 The sweet-smelling Soak Herbal Bath Blend ($30; contains real organic flowers, including rose, lavender, chamomile and calendula, and makes a very pretty gift. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, 3 Nov. 2020 Ornamental kale, cabbage, calendula, cyclamen and primula are at the nursery and fragrant stocks should show up soon. Calvin Finch,, 22 Oct. 2020 Additionally, easily tolerable and soothing ingredients like tea tree, calendula, and hyaluronic acid can also help to reduce redness and the visible appearance of bumps. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 22 Oct. 2020 This mask, which covers the area around the mouth and chin, is infused with calming aloe vera, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and healing calendula. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, 22 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of calendula

1651, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for calendula

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 …").

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“Calendula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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ca·​len·​du·​la | \ kə-ˈlen-jə-lə How to pronounce calendula (audio) \

Medical Definition of calendula

1 capitalized : a small genus of yellow-rayed composite herbs of temperate regions
2 : any plant of the genus Calendula
3 : the dried florets of plants of the genus Calendula (especially C. officinalis) sometimes used as a mild aromatic and diaphoretic


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