straw·​flow·​er | \ ˈstrȯ-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce strawflower (audio) \

Definition of strawflower

: any of several plants having everlasting flowers especially : an Australian composite herb (Helichrysum bracteatum) widely cultivated for its brightly colored flower heads in which papery bracts resembling ray flowers surround a central disk

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Examples of strawflower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Blooms like pansies, strawflower, and zinnias, along with wispy grasses, can fill in any gaps. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "8 Exterior Additions That Will Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal," 19 Oct. 2020 Flowers include sweet peas, cerinthe and strawflowers. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Here are a few ways to get some fish without fishing," 5 July 2019 Flowers which air dry well include goldenrod, hydrangea, statice, strawflower, celosia, rosebuds, yarrow, globe amaranth, grass plumes, rudbeckia, bachelor's buttons, zinnias and sunflower, to name a few. Dan Gill,, "How to create festive and free holiday decorations straight from your garden," 4 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of strawflower

circa 1922, in the meaning defined above

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23 Oct 2020

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“Strawflower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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