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centaurea

[sen-tawr-ee-uh] /sɛnˌtɔr i ə/
noun
1.
any of numerous composite plants of the genus Centaurea, having tubular flowers in a variety of colors.
Compare cornflower (def 1), knapweed.
Origin
< Neo-Latin (Linnaeus) by suffix change from Medieval Latin centauria; see centaury, -ea
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centaurea

/ˌsɛntɔːˈrɪə; sɛnˈtɔːrɪə/
noun
1.
any plant of the genus Centaurea, which includes the cornflower and knapweed
Word Origin
C19: ultimately from Greek Kentauros the Centaur; see centaury
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