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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Keeping medians mowed is an expense, but planting crops such as safflower, camelina, canola and perennial flax could more than pay for the upkeep while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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Origin and Etymology of safflower
Middle French saffleur, from Old Italian saffiore, from Arabic ʽaṣfar, ʽuṣfur
First Known Use: circa 1660
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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