safflower


safflower

noun

  1. a thistlelike composite plant, Carthamus tinctorius, native to the Old World, having finely toothed leaves and large, orange-red flower heads.
  2. its dried florets, used medicinally or as a red dyestuff.

noun

  1. 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)
  2. a red dye used for cotton and for colouring foods and cosmetics, or a drug obtained from the florets of this plant

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