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 Like sunflowers, calendula blooms are a favorite nectar plant for butterflies. Calvin Finch,, "It’s time to plant cool-weather annuals in your San Antonio garden," 17 Oct. 2019 So far, his photo has included: a rainbow, sunflower, the number 450, and a cartoon depicting the Milgram Experiment. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "David Harbour is Dropping Secret Clues About "Stranger Things" Season 4 on His Instagram," 25 Sep. 2019 Classic potato chips, including Lay’s and Ruffles, typically contain just three ingredients: potatoes, some kind of vegetable oil (sunflower, corn, and/or canola oil), and salt. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "I'm Just Gonna Say It: Veggie Chips Are No More or Less Healthy Than Regular Chips," 12 Sep. 2019 If your garden is in part shade, please don’t even try to grow peonies, sunflowers, and roses. Real Estate, "Ask the Gardener: Tips for ridding your lawn of creeping Charlie," 21 Aug. 2019 One hectare of tropical land can produce 4 tons of oil annually, at least four times the yield of 1 hectare of rapeseed, sunflowers, or soybeans planted in temperate regions. Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Science | AAAS, "Courting controversy, scientists team with industry to tackle one of the world’s most destructive crops," 11 July 2019 Last year, organizers planted a massive field of sunflowers, which became a social media sensation and drew many to Dix for the first time (the plantings will be repeated this year). Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Is most exciting park project in the nation taking shape in Raleigh?," 9 July 2019 These include cleanses, energy shots, an accelerator designed to rev metabolism and burn fat, and snacks of chewable wafers made from milk powder and ingredients like hemp, sunflower, and flax. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "What Is the Isagenix Cleanse—and Can It Help You Lose Weight?," 2 July 2019 Flax, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, chia, hemp: The list of great-for-you seeds goes on. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "How People Are Using "Seed Cycling" for Hormone Balance (And Whether or Not You Should Try It)," 16 May 2019

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First Known Use of sunflower

1597, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sunflower was in 1597

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5 Dec 2019

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“Sunflower.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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