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

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1660, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of safflower was circa 1660

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Cite this Entry

“Safflower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


saf·​flow·​er ˈsaf-ˌlau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce safflower (audio)
: a widely grown Old World herb related to the daisies that has large orange or red flower heads that are the source of a dye and seeds rich in edible oil

Medical Definition


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