• WordNet 3.6
    • n safflower thistlelike Eurasian plant widely grown for its red or orange flower heads and seeds that yield a valuable oil
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Safflower A dyestuff from these flowers. See Safranin.
    • Safflower (Bot) An annual composite plant (Carthamus tinctorius), the flowers of which are used as a dyestuff and in making rouge; bastard, or false, saffron.
    • Safflower The dried flowers of the Carthamus tinctorius.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n safflower A composite plant, Carthamus tinctorius; also, a drug and dyestuff consisting of its dried florets. The safflower is a thistle-like herb a foot or two high, somewhat branching above, the heads of an orange-red color. It is native perhaps from Egypt to India, and is extensively cultivated in southern Europe, Egypt, India, and China. It is sometimes planted in herb- and flower-gardens in the United States. Safflower as a medicine has little power, but is still in domestic use as a substitute for saffron. As a dyestuff (its chief application), it imparts bright but fugitive tints of red in various shades. It is extensively used at Lyons and in India and China in dyeing silks, but has been largely replaced by the aniline dyes. It is much employed in the preparation of rouge, and serves also to adulterate saffron. (See carthamin.) In India a lighting and culinary oil is largely expressed from its seeds. Also called African, false or bastard, and dyers' saffron.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Safflower saf′flow-ėr an annual herbaceous composite plant, cultivated all over India for its red dye—Carthamine.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. safleur, saflor, for safran, influenced by fleur, flower. See Saffron, and Flower
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. saflor, through It. from Ar. usfūrsafrā, yellow.


In literature:

The third group includes safflower, magenta, and murexide (light shades).
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 363, December 16, 1882" by Various
Pink, or rose-colour, is given by safflower and lemon juice.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
The exports, exclusive of the coasting trade, are wines, barilla, orchilla weed, rock-moss, safflower, (hay-saffron,) and silks.
"A Voyage Round the World, Vol. I" by James Holman
The price of safflower varies from L1 to L8 per cwt., according to quality.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
They are far cheaper than safflower, and this agent has consequently been almost driven from the market.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell

In news:

2 tablespoons coconut or safflower oil.
Safflower Bud Extract for Anti-aging Skin Care.
Safflower Oil Each Day May Keep the Doctor Away.
The first high-GLA safflower oil has reached the market at commercial scale after six years of research and development work by Arcadia Biosciences, Inc (Davis, California, USA).
High-fat, low-fiber safflower seeds worked well as a fat supplement for dairy cows in a study at Utah State University.
A ration containing 56% forage as alfalfa hay and corn silage plus 44% concentrate was supplemented with Nutrasaff safflower seeds at up to 4% of total dry matter.
10) Today in Western societies the omega-6/omega-3 ratio is very high due to the high intake of soybean, corn, sunflower, safflower, and linseed oils.
Packaged foods are full of soybean oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, safflower oil and sunflower oil.
Seventeen North Dakota safflower producers are awaiting payment of more than $400,000 for 2008 oilseed contracts made with Sustainable Systems, a biodiesel company based in Missoula, Mont.
The natural oils and moisturizers (including safflower oil and honey extract) in the formula keep the color from looking worn or weathered.