safflower

noun 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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Origin and Etymology of safflower

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


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safflower

noun 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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