saf·​flow·​er | \ ˈsa-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce safflower (audio) \

Definition of safflower

: a widely cultivated Old World composite herb (Carthamus tinctorius) with large usually orange or red flower heads and seeds rich in oil also : a red dyestuff prepared from the flower heads

Examples of safflower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Organic safflower seed, borage seed, and organic sesame seed oils make for a sumptuous—but not overly heavy—blend of skin-loving ingredients that your skin will sap right up. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 5 May 2022 Ukraine supplies over half of the world’s crude sunflower and safflower oils. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, 3 Mar. 2022 Marigold, safflower, and sunflower antioxidants protect against free radical damage while aloe vera soothes dry, reddened skin. Susan Brickell,, 13 May 2021 As a result, his hay crop dropped precipitously, his safflower crop was cut in half and his wheat crop was nonexistent. Mark Eddington, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Oct. 2021 To further discourage squirrels, consider feeding safflower seed instead of sunflower seed. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Oct. 2021 Such as including ingredients like safflower and jojoba oils, glycerin, and shea butter as melanated skin tends to lack hydration. Yola Robert, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Good stir-frying oils include avocado, almond, canola, grapeseed, peanut, safflower and sunflower. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 15 Aug. 2021 It's infused with several different oils, like that of avocado, black cumin seed, and safflower. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 22 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of safflower

circa 1660, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for safflower

Middle French saffleur, from Old Italian saffiore, from Arabic ʽaṣfar, ʽuṣfur

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11 May 2022

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“Safflower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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saf·​flow·​er | \ ˈsaf-ˌlau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce safflower (audio) \

Medical Definition of safflower

1 : a widely grown Old World composite herb (Carthamus tinctorius) that has large orange or red flower heads from which a red dyestuff is prepared and seeds rich in oil
2 : a drug consisting of the dried florets of the safflower that has been used in medicine in place of saffron

called also carthamus

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