saf·​flow·​er | \ˈsa-ˌflau̇(-ə)r \

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

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In the car, Maya had pointed out sites like the safflower farm that inspired Studio Ghibli’s Only Yesterday, a 1991 anime favorite. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Slow Skiing in Japan's Deep North," 11 Oct. 2018 Or choose a neutral oil, such as canola, grape seed, safflower or sunflower, Rosen says. Becky Krystal, sacbee, "Shake it up: Lots of vinaigrette options," 10 July 2018 Fry them in shallow vegetable oil (one with a high smoke point such as safflower or peanut is ideal). Sally Pasley Vargas,, "Recipe: Crispy soft-shell crabs and chipotle mayo fill these po’ boy sandwiches," 18 June 2018 There are several oils in the wash: soybean, grape seed, coconut, sunflower seed, safflower seed, meadowfoam seed, sesame, and olive oil. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Glossier’s Oil Wash Will Make You Excited to Wake Up Early," 18 Sep. 2017 Avocado, grapeseed, hazelnut, sesame, truffle, walnut, safflower and sunflower: Delicate oils that are especially prone to rancidity, especially if exposed to too much light or heat. Jessica Teich, USA TODAY, "You've been storing your food wrong—here are all the right ways," 13 Sep. 2017 The formula is packed with safflower seed oil, coconut oil, and extracts of white tea, shea butter, and cocoa seed butter (think of it as a giant cleansing oil for your body). Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, Teen Vogue, "Bath and Body Works Launches Oil to Cream Aromatherapy Cleanser," 25 Aug. 2017 This hydrating 'poo is made with — count 'em — six nourishing oils (argan, coconut, sweet almond, grapeseed, macadamia nut, and safflower seed) to keep hair soft, shiny, and far from frizzy. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "The 9 Best-Selling Shampoos at Sephora," 21 Aug. 2017 The body moisturizer is packed with safflower oil, aloe and essential fatty acids, and left our upper arms moisturized for hours without any sticky feeling. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Everything From This New Lifestyle Brand Is $3—and It's Legit," 11 July 2017

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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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saf·​flow·​er | \ˈsaf-ˌlau̇(-ə)r \

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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