sun·​flow·​er | \ ˈsən-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce sunflower (audio) \

Definition of sunflower

: any of a genus (Helianthus, especially H. annuus) of New World composite plants with large yellow-rayed flower heads bearing edible seeds that yield an edible oil

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Aged gouda, browned butter and toasted sunflower seeds complement the nutty flavor. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "A Risotto Recipe That Never Fails," 17 May 2019 Her vision is to plant 10,000 sunflowers all over Roxbury, spreading beauty through seeds. Cristela Guerra,, "Artist Ekua Holmes wants to plant hope all over Roxbury," 11 July 2018 Larger species like cardinals prefer safflower or sunflower seeds. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How Birds Stay Warm in the Winter, In Case You Were Wondering," 1 Feb. 2019 Good-bye to clocks ticking...and Mama's sunflowers. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Most Best Happy Korean Bright Star" by Michelle Massie," 2 June 2018 Gerl includes peanuts in his salsa macha but also adds almonds and seeds: sesame, pumpkin and sunflower. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Chester Gerl’s versatile, crunchy salsa macha is so much more than a chip dip," 2 Jan. 2019 Traditional French country motifs also include lavender, roosters, olives, and sunflowers, though these are more typical for things like table linens and curtain panels. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About French Country Design," 9 Nov. 2018 That was not the case for Nicole Smith, 24, who surprised her groom, Andrew Wright, 25, with a prank that involved sending out the best man dressed in a wedding gown carrying a sunflower bouquet. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Indiana bride surprises groom with hilarious first look photos: 'He thought things were falling apart'," 10 Sep. 2018 To reach her goal of a massive sunflower harvest in September means daily care, especially on very dry days. Cristela Guerra,, "Artist Ekua Holmes wants to plant hope all over Roxbury," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of sunflower

1597, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sunflower

: a tall plant that has very large yellow flowers and that produces seeds which can be eaten


sun·​flow·​er | \ ˈsən-ˌflau̇-ər How to pronounce sunflower (audio) \

Kids Definition of sunflower

: a tall plant often grown for its large flower heads with brown center and yellow petals or for its edible oily seeds

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