sunflower

noun sun·flow·er \ -ˌflau̇(-ə)r \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

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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First Known Use of sunflower

1597


SUNFLOWER Defined for English Language Learners

sunflower

noun

Definition of sunflower for English Language Learners

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


SUNFLOWER Defined for Kids

sunflower

noun sun·flow·er \ ˈsən-ˌflau̇-ər \

Definition of sunflower for Students

: 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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