Definition of Safflower

1. Noun. Thistlelike Eurasian plant widely grown for its red or orange flower heads and seeds that yield a valuable oil.

Exact synonyms: Carthamus Tinctorius, False Saffron
Group relationships: Carthamus, Genus Carthamus
Terms within: Safflower Seed
Terms within: Safflower Oil
Generic synonyms: Herb, Herbaceous Plant



Definition of Safflower

1. n. An annual composite plant (Carthamus tinctorius), the flowers of which are used as a dyestuff and in making rouge; bastard, or false, saffron.

Definition of Safflower

1. Noun. (botany) A cultivated thistle-like plant, ''Carthamus tinctorius'', family ''Asteraceae'', now grown mainly for its oil. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Safflower

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Medical Definition of Safflower

1. 1. An annual composite plant (Carthamus tinctorius), the flowers of which are used as a dyestuff and in making rouge; bastard, or false, saffron. 2. The died flowers of the Carthamus tinctorius. 3. A dyestuff from these flowers. See Safranin . Oil of safflower, a purgative oil expressed from the seeds of the safflower. Origin: F. Safeur, safior, for safran, influenced by fleur flower. See Saffron, and Flower. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Safflower

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1. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge edited by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"Formerly safflower was largely used in measles and other diseases ... safflower is sometimes used to adulterate the true saffron, a more expensive drug. ..."

2. The London Journal of Botany by Sir William Jackson Hooker (1848)
"safflower petals, turmeric, lime juice, and a little indigo. ... safflower petals. When gathered they are well beaten with sticks to develope the colour, ..."

3. The Commercial Hand-book of Chemical Analysis; Or, Practical Instructions by Alphonse Normandy (1850)
"safflower is in flat cakes, and has the same appearance as saffron, (from which, ... safflower contains two colouring matters, the one, which is yellow, ..."

4. A Handbook of Chemical Technology by Johannes Rudolf Wagner (1872)
"safflower is used for dyeing silk, but the red colour imparted is, although brilliant, very fugitive. ..."

5. Chemical Technology and Analysis of Oils, Fats, and Waxes by Julius Lewkowitsch (1904)
"(3) POLYMERISED safflower OIL The pronounced drying properties of safflower oil rendered it likely that this oil also would become polymerised under the ..."

6. Allen's Commercial Organic Analysis: A Treatise on the Properties, Modes of by Alfred Henry Allen (1917)
"The oil is obtained from 2 distinct varieties, Carthamus tinctorius and Carthamus oxyacantha the latter being "wild" safflower. ..."

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