centaurea

centaurea

[sen-tawr-ee-uh]
noun
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)
 
n
any plant of the genus Centaurea, which includes the cornflower and knapweed
 
[C19: ultimately from Greek Kentauros the Centaur; see centaury]

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