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

Examples of sunflower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Starting in the center of the sunflower, use hot-glue to attach different colors of twine in a spiral pattern. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 15 July 2022 There are two colorful options available, a cheerful yellow sunflower or a spiraling blue design reminiscent of peacock feathers. Rena Behar, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 June 2022 Over the last 10 years, Caspi has carved sculptures that include signs of gratitude for his daughters’ schools, an outdoor library, a sunflower for Ukraine and even a brain for the Cushing Center at Yale University. Alison Cross, Hartford Courant, 20 July 2022 Russians have stolen 15,000 tons of sunflower and 10,000 tons of grain from Luhansk Oblast, according to its governor Serhiy Haidai. Katya Soldak, Forbes, 20 June 2022 This version contains hydrating sunflower and safflower seed oils to nourish the skin, but what impressed me the most was the color range. ELLE, 24 May 2022 And the bulk of two key formula ingredients — high-oleic sunflower and safflower oil — is stuck behind the front lines in Ukraine. Sonja Sharpstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 Her designs have an almost alien quality that on second glance emulates that of flora: the pocked black face of a sunflower, say, or the pads of a cactus. New York Times, 5 May 2022 The music plays as the camera pans over a bright yellow moodboard packed with smiley faces, photographs, a prominent picture of a sunflower, and more. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sunflower

1597, in the meaning defined above

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5 Aug 2022

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“Sunflower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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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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