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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Pieces of the plane and the bodies of the victims fell on rural village homes and sunflower fields. Sabra Ayres,, "Investigators say Russian missile downed MH17 over Ukraine in 2014. Moscow calls conclusions 'fakes'," 24 May 2018 Next, head to The Farm, Byron Bay’s farm-to-fork restaurant/shop/zoo/garden for a morning spent wandering through sunflower fields, vegetable patches, and livestock. Hayley Bloomingdale, Vogue, "Spend a Weekend in Byron Bay, Where the Motto Is “Cheer Up, Slow Down, Chill Out”," 21 Jan. 2018 Amid the displays of roses, lilies and sunflowers, in the middle of one bouquet, someone placed a single American flag. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "A Nepali immigrant brought his daughter to America for a better life. Then his own was taken.," 11 July 2018 Aided by the hot and windy conditions, the devices have dropped in dry brush, destroying wheat and sunflower fields and sending animals scurrying away. Aron Heller, Fox News, "Burning kites from Gaza damage Israeli farms, wildlife," 20 June 2018 Each carried a sunflower, symbolizing the flower Parkland victim Joaquin Oliver bought for his girlfriend for Valentine's Day at the same store before he was killed, according to WSVN. Nadeem Muaddi And Jamiel Lynch, CNN, "Publix suspends political contributions following criticism for supporting pro-NRA candidate," 25 May 2018 That set the stage for Justine Estes, who walked up to the plate with a sunflower pinned to her pony tail. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "IHSAA softball sectionals: With 'Coach Kav' in mind, Decatur Central blasts way to title game," 22 May 2018 In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Want summer veggies? Get to work | The Sacramento Bee," 5 May 2018 The pair had dinner in the museum restaurant, then strolled into a gallery where a corner table held a sunflower and an open ring box. Anndee Hochman,, "The Parent Trip: Jerry and April Brennian of Mayfair," 24 Apr. 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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