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

Examples of sunflower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Desert species require no supplemental watering, while the bush sunflower is a brittlebush species more suited to coastal areas. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2021 Others, like broccoli, cabbage, tatsoi, and sunflower and pea shoots, are mild tasting., 1 June 2021 Natural sunflower, coconut and avocado oil deeply replenish moisture to dry lips. Bridget Arsenault, Forbes, 29 May 2021 As far as prepared dishes go, my go-to is either a strawberry jelly and sunflower-seed butter sandwich or roast chicken. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, 13 May 2021 This new full-body moisturizer reportedly contains shea butter and glycerin in addition to a delightful blend of various moisturizing oils, from sunflower to baobab to Kalahari melon. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 May 2021 Hammond is hoping that wearing a simple badge with the image of a sunflower will ease her way. Kevyn Burger Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 4 May 2021 Another gap can be plugged in late summer with the planting of the helianthus species — the hardy, perennial cousins of the giant sunflower and the wood aster. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2021 TriBeCa Swarovski’s Limited Edition bottle is encrusted with over 200 gleaming Swarovski sunflower and white crystal stones tracing the outlines of the iconic Bond No. 9 token, and presented in a box that features 486 Swarovski crystal stones. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of sunflower

1597, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jun 2021

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“Sunflower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce sunflower (audio) \

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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