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

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Recent Examples on the Web This includes the length of a sunflower and the width of a Ford F-150 and of a Model T. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "'Shawarma' social distancing signs in Dearborn removed after backlash," 30 June 2020 This Farmacy Cleansing Balm uses natural ingredients like sunflower and ginger root oil, as well as moringa tree and papaya extract, which all work together to remove foundation, pore secretions, and grit from the outside world. Popular Science, "Gentle face cleansers to wash the day away," 7 Nov. 2019 At the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, visitors who bought tickets and abided by social distancing measures were rewarded with a fresh sunflower, according to The Associated Press. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Why You Won’t Be Able to Retrace Your Steps at This Paris Museum When It Opens," 16 June 2020 Across the Northern Hemisphere, the flowers will soon be blooming everywhere: seas of sunflowers in Tuscany, wispy wisteria in Japan, lavender fields in southern France, the cherry blossoms and magnolias in the American Northeast. Michelle Santiago Cortés,, "Instagram’s Favourite Tulips Are Closed To The Public, But You Can Still Watch Them Bloom Online," 9 Apr. 2020 The Doctors Asbestos in talc; hanging upside down to grow hair; sunflower oil for dry skin. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Monday: ‘Breeders’ on FX; coronavirus; Axios," 26 Apr. 2020 In a small 2018 trial conducted in Israel, 38 pregnant women between 40 and 42 weeks along were given about 2 ounces of castor oil to drink, while a second group of 43 pregnant women at the same stage were given about 2 ounces of sunflower oil. Melinda Wenner Moyer, New York Times, "Does Anything Actually Make You Go Into Labor?," 16 Apr. 2020 One of her favorite imports is Happy Honey, a raw honey from Serbia that is pollinated from sunflowers. Katie Workman, NBC News, "Sustainable, versatile, global, delicious: Honey's got buzz," 24 Feb. 2020 Rhoda was dressed in a blue caftan and strewn with sunflowers, roses and gladioli. Penelope Green, New York Times, "The iPhone at the Deathbed," 18 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of sunflower

1597, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jul 2020

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“Sunflower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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


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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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