mari·​gold | \ ˈmer-ə-ˌgōld How to pronounce marigold (audio) \

Definition of marigold

2 : any of a genus (Tagetes) of composite herbs with showy usually yellow, orange, or maroon flower heads

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On top of the doll's head rests a crown with monarch butterflies and marigolds. Jessie Yeung, CNN Style, "New 'Day of the Dead Barbie' celebrates Mexican holiday," 10 Sep. 2019 On top of the doll’s head rests a crown with monarch butterflies and marigolds. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Barbie goes macabre with new holiday doll," 10 Sep. 2019 Long shunned by gardeners, marigolds are making a comeback because of their staying power throughout summer and improved varieties. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: All-America Selections demonstrate their beauty," 9 Aug. 2019 Aisle after aisle of sunflowers, heirloom marigolds, Oklahoma Zinnias, and Sweet Annie are interspersed with eggplant, scallions, and kale. Denise Coffey,, "NEPS Opens Full Service Florist Shop," 22 July 2019 Other good nectar sources for butterflies are duranta, lantana, salvia, Mexican flame vine, mint marigold, and fall aster. Calvin Finch,, "Purple martins are on the move," 5 July 2019 In June, unique starters included Red Pea & Benne Hummus, as well as Cantaloupe Toast topped with lemon ricotta, Benton’s ham, and marigold flowers. al, "Visit the best restaurants in Atlanta’s food neighborhoods," 19 Aug. 2019 Dressed up for his big TV moment in a turquoise paisley shirt, marigold vest and dapper cranberry suit (admittedly a marvelous feat of costume design), Arthur struts down an outdoor stairway like a rock’n’roll hero. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Joker Wants to Be a Movie About the Emptiness of Our Culture. Instead, It’s a Prime Example of It," 31 Aug. 2019 Of the three new floats shared at D23 Expo, the standout featured characters from the movie Coco and a recreation of the film’s stunning marigold bridge. Valerie Marino, Condé Nast Traveler, "All The Changes Coming to Disney Next Year, From the Avengers Campus to an Epcot Redesign," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of marigold

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for marigold

Middle English, from Mary, mother of Jesus + Middle English gold

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English Language Learners Definition of marigold

: a plant that is grown for its bright yellow or orange flowers


mari·​gold | \ ˈmer-ə-ˌgōld How to pronounce marigold (audio) \

Kids Definition of marigold

: a plant grown for its usually yellow, orange, or brownish red flowers

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