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[kawrn-flou-er] /ˈkɔrnˌflaʊ ər/
Also called bachelor's-button, bluebottle. a European composite plant, Centaurea cyanus, growing in grainfields, having blue to white flower heads, often cultivated as an ornamental.
Also called cornflower blue. a deep, vivid blue.
strawflower (def 2).
Origin of cornflower
1570-80; corn1 + flower Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Centaurea (cornflower), all shades of blue; three feet; blooms three months if kept cut.

    A Woman's Hardy Garden Helena Rutherfurd Ely
  • The chintz had a cornflower design that repeated all these colors.

    The House in Good Taste Elsie de Wolfe
  • The beds and borders crammed with cloves and many-coloured asters, the sweet blue of the cornflower, and the little lobelias.

    A Cotswold Village J. Arthur Gibbs
  • From rose-loved hedges, woodbine, and cornflower azure-blue, where yellowing wheat-stalks crowd up under the shadow of green firs.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • "You have one great fault," exclaimed the cornflower, after listening to all these stories.

    Verotchka's Tales Mamin Siberiak
  • Blue Corundum exhibits various shades from light to dark, the color most highly prized being that known as cornflower blue.

  • cornflower, lightly weighted, able to set a pace or hold one, did not show in front until the homestretch was reached.

    Old Man Curry Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • In stones of the same color; in rubies if it is the poppy; in sapphires if it is the cornflower, with a little leaf in emeralds.

    Strong as Death Guy de Maupassant
  • She stops at intervals to add a cornflower, and he follows, carrying her mantle and umbrella.

  • Centaurea or cornflower, the bachelor's button or ragged sailor of old gardens, is in the front rank of the worthies.

    The Garden, You, and I Mabel Osgood Wright
British Dictionary definitions for cornflower


a Eurasian herbaceous plant, Centaurea cyanus, with blue, purple, pink, or white flowers, formerly a common weed in cornfields: family Asteraceae (composites) Also called bluebottle See also bachelor's-buttons
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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