cen·​tau·​rea | \ sen-ˈtȯr-ē-ə How to pronounce centaurea (audio) \

Definition of centaurea

: any of a large genus (Centaurea) of composite herbs (such as bachelor's button) including several cultivated for their showy heads of tubular florets

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Recent Examples on the Web Globe artichokes tower on six-foot-tall spikes topped by lapis blue centaurea-like flowers. New York Times, 24 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of centaurea

1806, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for centaurea

New Latin, genus name, from Medieval Latin

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“Centaurea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centaurea. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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