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

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Recent Examples on the Web With a blend of nourishing oils — including safflower seed, tamanu, and rosehip — as well as ceramides, which help to lock in moisture, niacinamide, glycerin, and squalane. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "KraveBeauty's Great Barrier Relief Serum Calms My Skin's Redness Without Getting Rid of Its Rosy Glow," 27 Dec. 2020 Some of the best sources for vitamin E are vegetable oils like sunflower and safflower; peanuts, hazelnuts and almonds; seeds; and wheat germ. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Boost your immune system for winter with food," 16 Nov. 2020 Another option that will reduce consumption by the squirrels is to use safflower seed instead of sunflower seed. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: Your guide to feeding birds in San Antonio," 15 Oct. 2020 Olive oil will lose some of its flavor when heated, so this process works well with neutral oils such as safflower or grapeseed. Paul Stephen,, "How to preserve the herbs from your spring garden, and then how to cook with those preserved herbs," 7 Oct. 2020 At first glance, the bottle reads more like your favorite exfoliating treatment than a hair product: glycolic and lactic acids to slough off dead skin; olive and safflower oils to nourish; spearmint leaf and peppermint oils to invigorate. Karina Hoshikawa,, "Malin+Goetz’s New Scalp Mask Brought My Quarantine Hair Back To Life," 8 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, the safflower seed and sea buckthorn oil face and body cream has already proved an instant hit with Paloma. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Jane Keltner de Valle Launches a Natural Beauty Line for Babies That You’ll Want to Steal," 3 Sep. 2020 The elongated white seed is called safflower and chickadees in the coastal areas and Santa Cruz Mountains seem to love it. Tom Stienstra,, "Can’t get outdoors during shelter-in-place? Bring the wildlife to your backyard," 29 Mar. 2020 Food On the menu: Cracked corn, peanuts and chips, black oil sunflower seeds and chips, uncooked oatmeal, sunflower chips, millet, milo, safflower. Tom Stienstra,, "Can’t get outdoors during shelter-in-place? Bring the wildlife to your backyard," 29 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of safflower was circa 1660

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11 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Safflower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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