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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The edible flower calendula grows well in open shade. Pam Peirce,, "Food crops and edible flowers that thrive in the shade," 12 July 2019 But that's not its only hero ingredient: It's bolstered by brightening sandalwood oil, clarifying myrrh resin extract, and calendula. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "How CBD Can Save Your Skin," 15 Apr. 2019 Omorovicza’s skin-softening blend of apricot kernel, calendula, and carrot oils, infused with reparative golden flecks, packs a one-two punch that delivers a gleaming head-to-toe glow. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "8 Gold Beauty Products for Your Brightest New Year’s Eve Yet," 31 Dec. 2018 But now, Weleda has created this oh-so-lovely lip balm for us, which is not only beyond-cute but works like a charm, thanks to a calming blend of viola, chamomile, and calendula flowers. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Exclusive: Weleda Created an Entire Collection of Skin Food Products," 22 Oct. 2018 Given sun and good drainage, calendulas will bloom over a long period from late fall to spring. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, "Dazzling poppy and calendula brighten the winter garden," 16 Mar. 2018 Weleda is made with a blend of plant extracts — like viola tricolor, calendula, and chamomile — and mixed with beeswax. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Uses $12 Weleda Moisturizer," 9 July 2018 Lettuce, bachelor’s buttons, cosmos, coreopsis, calendula and scabiosa all have flower heads that bear seeds in tiny flowers. Pam Peirce,, "The joy of seed saving," 6 July 2018 Both added color, flavor and fragrance to their dishes courtesy of calendula and dianthus blooms. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Flower power: Edible blooms add a new dimension to dishes," 14 Mar. 2018

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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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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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