sun·​flow·​er | \ ˈsən-ˌflau̇(-ə)r \

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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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 Or choose a neutral oil, such as canola, grape seed, safflower or sunflower, Rosen says. Becky Krystal, sacbee, "Shake it up: Lots of vinaigrette options," 10 July 2018 Giard added that the town's sunflower mural project is underway, with Jewett City Savings Bank hosting the first of the sunflower paintings on its drive-through ATM. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Griswold Business Leaders Gather For Annual Summit," 27 June 2018 Smart phones shot into the air like sunflowers in a field as their owners strained to capture the moment. Dudley Althaus, San Antonio Express-News, "Appealing to populists, Lopez Obrador on verge of winning Mexico’s presidency," 22 June 2018 Easy-to-grow sunflowers can be enjoyed in local landscapes almost any time of the year. Tom Maccubbin,, "Enjoy sunflowers almost any time of the year," 6 June 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 \

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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