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[mar-i-gohld] /ˈmær ɪˌgoʊld/
any of several chiefly golden-flowered composite plants, especially of the genus Tagetes, as T. erecta, having strong-scented foliage and yielding an oil that repels root parasites.
any of several unrelated plants, especially of the genus Calendula, as C. officinalis, the pot marigold.
Origin of marigold
1300-50; Middle English; see Mary (the Virgin), gold Unabridged
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  • The boys had had trouble with the machinery ever since Darry had put the marigold into commission.

  • She then showed them through the garden, and gave them each a marigold full-blown.

    The Crofton Boys Harriet Martineau
  • Dr. marigold swore again: his good heart contained no niche for the heir to the Long Stow property.

    Peccavi E. W. Hornung
  • The boys had had no time before to tell the girls about the marigold.

  • No, here is an African marigold, and a China-aster, and a Michaelmas daisy.

  • This was probably the marigold mentioned that they were looking at.

    Their Pilgrimage Charles Dudley Warner
  • Petticoat repeated, wonderingly, while marigold Leathersharn murmured, "How quaint!"

    Ptomaine Street Carolyn Wells
  • For "marigold" and "Trial" at Manchester, to-morrow, we also expect a fine hall.

  • The three friends went alone, for the collegians were off fishing that day on the marigold.

British Dictionary definitions for marigold


any of various tropical American plants of the genus Tagetes, esp T. erecta (African marigold) and T. patula (French marigold), cultivated for their yellow or orange flower heads and strongly scented foliage: family Asteraceae (composites)
any of various similar or related plants, such as the marsh marigold, pot marigold, bur marigold, and fig marigold
Word Origin
C14: from Mary (the Virgin) + gold
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Word Origin and History for marigold

late 14c., marygolde, from Mary (probably a reference to the Virgin) + gold, for color. The Old English name for the flower was simply golde.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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