cen·​tau·​rea sen-ˈtȯr-ē-ə How to pronounce centaurea (audio)
: 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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Word History


New Latin, genus name, from Medieval Latin

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of centaurea was in 1806

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“Centaurea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centaurea. Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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