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[saf-lou-er] /ˈsæfˌlaʊ ər/
a thistlelike composite plant, Carthamus tinctorius, native to the Old World, having finely toothed leaves and large, orange-red flower heads.
its dried florets, used medicinally or as a red dyestuff.
Origin of safflower
1575-85; < Dutch saffloer < Middle French safleur, alteration (assimilated to safran saffron and fleur flower) of Italian asfori < Arabic aṣfar yellow Unabridged
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Examples from the web for safflower
  • Feeding fish oil instead of safflower oil reduced the difference in activity between boron-deficient and boron-supplemented rats.
  • Try safflower seed in a mixture of sunflower seed to reduce squirrels coming to a feeder.
British Dictionary definitions for safflower


a thistle-like Eurasian annual plant, Carthamus tinctorius, having large heads of orange-yellow flowers and yielding a dye and an oil used in paints, medicines, etc: family Asteraceae (composites)
a red dye used for cotton and for colouring foods and cosmetics, or a drug obtained from the florets of this plant
Also called false saffron
Word Origin
C16: via Dutch saffloer or German safflor from Old French saffleur, from Early Italian saffiore, of uncertain origin. Influenced by saffron, flower
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