• WordNet 3.6
    • n marigold any of various tropical American plants of the genus Tagetes widely cultivated for their showy yellow or orange flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Marigold (Bot) A name for several plants with golden yellow blossoms, especially the Calendula officinalissee Calendula), and the cultivated species of Tagetes.☞ There are several yellow-flowered plants of different genera bearing this name; as, the African marigoldorFrench marigold of the genus Tagetes, of which several species and many varieties are found in gardens. They are mostly strong-smelling herbs from South America and Mexico: bur marigold, of the genus Bidens; corn marigold, of the genus Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum segetum, a pest in the cornfields of Italy); fig marigold, of the genus Mesembryanthemum; marsh marigold, of the genus Caltha Caltha palustris), commonly known in America as the cowslip. See Marsh Marigold.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n marigold Properly, a composite plant of either of the genera Calendula and Tagetes. C. officinalis is the common garden- or pot-marigold, of some use in dyeing and medicine. (See cut under bract.) The species of Tagetes bear the name of African or French marigold, though their origin is in South America and Mexico. T. erecta, the specific African marigold, is stout and erect, with club-shaped peduncles and orange- or lemon-colored heads. T. patula, the specific French marigold, has cylindrical peduncles and narrower heads, the rays orange or with darker stripes. The Cape marigolds, from South Africa, are species of Dimorphotheca, formerly classed under Calendula. D. pluvialis, with white rays, closes in dark weather. The name is also applied to various other chiefly golden-flowered plants, commonly with an adjective or in composition.
    • n marigold A piece of gold money: so called from its color.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Marigold mar′i-gōld a name applied to several composite plants bearing yellow flowers.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Mary, + gold,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From the Virgin Mary and gold.


In literature:

The two eldest were called Marigold and Dressalinda.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
The various herbs, such as balm, penny-royal, sweet-marjorum, sage, lavender, marigolds, should also be gathered up for winter use.
"The Book of Sports:" by William Martin
On entering the house with the marigold-tinted curtains he had glanced round casually for any signs of Lady Dawn.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Our reading for to-night is "Marigold" and "Trial.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
She can live, like Perdita, in her garden of mint and marigold.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
The Marigold the leaves abroad doth spread; Because the sun's and her power is the same.
"A History of English Literature" by George Saintsbury
It looks lovely, and Aunt Nan's marigolds are all in bloom.
"Virginia of Elk Creek Valley" by Mary Ellen Chase
Next morning, as soon as her usual tasks were despatched, Clover ordered Marigold saddled and started for the Youngs'.
"In the High Valley" by Susan Coolidge
The double Marigold, being as bigge as a little Rose, is good for shew.
"A New Orchard And Garden" by William Lawson
I was watching the proceedings of some quick-moving brown bird amid the rushes and marsh marigolds of the opposite bank.
"Select Conversations with an Uncle" by H. G. Wells
My ball is orange like a marigold.
"Froebel's Gifts" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Flower head of Marigold.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
But she had hair the colour of marsh-marigolds, a Vorticist mouth and patent enlargeable eyes.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, June 23, 1920" by Various
Marigold, opens its flowers at sun's bidding, 230.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
The gladioli and hollyhocks made a brave show amid the humbler sweet-williams and marigolds, but they would have to be left.
"Windyridge" by W. Riley
Marigold (marry gold) 11.
"Harper's Round Table, October 22, 1895" by Various
She held a fan in one hand, and a bunch of marigolds in the other.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 99, January, 1866" by Various
Here our bench pasture is a little sky with marigolds for stars.
"A Man in the Open" by Roger Pocock
How about that marigold border I planted in the kitchen garden?
"The Preliminaries" by Cornelia A. P. Comer

In poetry:

Mine were the fog, the frosty stalks;
The weak lights on the leafy walks;
The shadows shivering with the cold;
The breaking heart; the lonely talks;
The last, dim, ruined marigold.
"Uncertainty" by Madison Julius Cawein
But when to-night the moon swings low—
A great marsh-marigold of glow—
And all my garden with the sea
Moans, then, through moon and mist, I know
My love will come to comfort me.
"Uncertainty" by Madison Julius Cawein
By the marigold marsh she paused to twist
The gold—green coils round her blue—veined wrist,
And out of the water—bed scooped the cresses,
And frolicked them round her braidless tresses.
"The Passing Of Spring" by Alfred Austin
Summer-like for an instant the autumn sun bursts out,
And the light through the turning elms is green and clear;
It slants down the path and ragged marigolds glow
Fiery again, last flames of the dying year.
"Summer-Like" by George Orwell
So shuts the marigold her leaves
At the departure of the sun;
So from the honeysuckle sheaves
The bee goes when the day is done;
So sits the turtle when she is but one,
And so all woe, as I since she is gone.
"Memory" by William Browne of Tavistock
Her gold hair fell on the wall of gold
Like the delicate gossamer tangles spun
On the burnished disk of the marigold,
Or the sunflower turning to meet the sun
When the gloom of the dark blue night is done,
And the spear of the lily is aureoled.
"In the Gold Room - a Harmony" by Oscar Wilde

In news:

Check into the ' Marigold Hotel'.
A vote for ' Marigold Hotel' — and a joke that bites back.
' Marigold Hotel' defies the naysayers.
Movie Review The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: All-star cast reflects on retirement realities.
'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' not exactly exotic, or best.
Judi Dench stars in "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," about retirees at a hotel in India.
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" will seem exotic only to those who see one or two movies a year.
'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'.
Judi Dench stars in "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.".
Judi Dench and Tom Wilkinson for "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel".
The impressive cast in ' Marigold ' keeps the movie from descending into sappiness more than it may have otherwise.
'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' blooms with a strong British cast whose characters move to India for their golden years, only to find the surroundings filled with the unexpected.
WESTERNERS OF a certain age go to India for both enlightenment and retirement in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.&rdquo.