Safflower : Definition

Safflower

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Definitions of Safflower

Pronunciation : Saf"flow`er
Part of Speech : n.
Etymology : [F. safeur, safior, for safran, influenced by fleur flower. See Saffron, and Flower.]
Definition : 1. (Bot.)

Defn: An annual composite plant (Carthamus tinctorius), the flowers of which are used as a dyestuff and in making rouge; bastard, or false, saffron.

2. The died flowers of the Carthamus tinctorius.

3. A dyestuff from these flowers. See Safranin (b). Oil of safflower, a purgative oil expressed from the seeds of the safflower.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

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