safflower

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noun saf·flow·er \ˈsa-ˌflau̇(-ə)r\

Definition of safflower

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of safflower

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


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safflower

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noun saf·flow·er \ˈsaf-ˌlau̇(-ə)r\

Medical Definition of safflower

  1. 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. 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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