sun·​flow·​er ˈsən-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce sunflower (audio)
: 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 But Take Note The kids’ deodorant contains natural ingredients, like aloe and sunflower seed oil, that combine to make a gentle texture. Katrina Cossey, Parents, 22 Feb. 2024 Reviewers love the combination of crisp broccoli, raisins, red onion, and sunflower seeds. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Feb. 2024 The document is sprinkled with drawings — sunflowers, portraits of dogs and the Virgin Mary — created by Tisius, who said art has been an emotionally and mentally therapeutic outlet throughout his years at Potosi Correctional Center. Katie Moore, Kansas City Star, 12 Feb. 2024 San José’s airport gives sunflower lanyards to visitors who might need additional help from TSA or airline staff. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 9 Jan. 2024 It's loaded with fresh broccoli, bacon, sunflower seeds, red onion, and raisins. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Feb. 2024 It's packed with nine antioxidant-rich oils like squalane, jojoba, rosehip, and sunflower oil, giving a wonderful plumping effect. Wendy Vazquez, Southern Living, 4 Feb. 2024 At least 40 percent of the ingredients used for all the collection—from sunflower seed oil to shea butter—were sourced through organic farming. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 31 Jan. 2024 Cost: $25 Nourish Location: Meal delivery service, 1421 Orchard Lake Drive, Suite F, Charlotte, NC 28270 Menu What to order: The Morning Muesli has buckwheat and sunflower seeds, chia seeds, goji berries and date sugar. Nathan Wesley, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sunflower was in 1597

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“Sunflower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


sun·​flow·​er -ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce sunflower (audio)
: any of a genus of tall herbs that are often grown for their large showy flower heads with yellow ray flowers and for their oil-rich seeds

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