• WordNet 3.6
    • n saffron a shade of yellow tinged with orange
    • n saffron dried pungent stigmas of the Old World saffron crocus
    • n saffron Old World crocus having purple or white flowers with aromatic pungent orange stigmas used in flavoring food
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most expensive spice in the world is saffron
    • Saffron (Bot) A bulbous iridaceous plant (Crocus sativus) having blue flowers with large yellow stigmas. See Crocus.
    • Saffron An orange or deep yellow color, like that of the stigmas of the Crocus sativus.
    • a Saffron Having the color of the stigmas of saffron flowers; deep orange-yellow; as, a saffron face; a saffron streamer.
    • Saffron The aromatic, pungent, dried stigmas, usually with part of the stile, of the Crocus sativus. Saffron is used in cookery, and in coloring confectionery, liquors, varnishes, etc., and was formerly much used in medicine.
    • v. t Saffron To give color and flavor to, as by means of saffron; to spice. "And in Latyn I speak a wordes few,
      To saffron with my predication."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Saffron, made from the dried stamens of cultivated crocus flowers, is the most expensive cooking spice.
    • n saffron A product consisting of the dried stigmas of the flowers of the autumnal crocus, Crocus sativus. The true saffron of commerce is now mostly hay saffron—that is, it consists of the loose stigmas uncaked. The product of over four thousand flowers is required to make an ounce. It has a sweetish aromatic odor, a warm pungent bitter taste, and a deep orange color. In medicine it was formerly deemed highly stimulant, antispasmodic, and even narcotic; it was esteemed by the ancients and by the Arabians; and on the continent of Europe it is still much used as an emmenagogue. Experiments, however, have shown that it possesses little activity. It is also used to color confectionery, and in Europe and India is largely employed as a condiment. Saffron yields to water and alcohol about three fourths of its weight in an orange-red extract, which has been largely used in painting and dyeing, but in the latter use is mostly replaced by much cheaper substitutes.
    • n saffron The plant which produces saffron, a low bul-bous herb, Crocus sativus, the autumnal crocus. The saffron resembles the ordinary spring crocus. It has handsome purple flowers, the perianth funnel-shaped with a long slender tube, the style with its three stigmas, which are over an inch long, hanging out on one side. It is thought to be a native of Greece and the Levant, its wild original being perhaps a form of C. Cartwrightianus. It is grown for its commercial produce in parts of southern Europe, especially in Spain, and in Asia Minor, Persia, Cashmere, and China.
    • saffron Having the color given by an infusion of saffron-flowers, somewhat orange-yellow, less brilliant than chrome.
    • saffron To tinge with saffron; make yellow; gild; give color or flavor to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Saffron saf′run a bulbous plant of the crocus kind with deep-yellow flowers: a colouring substance prepared from its flowers
    • adj Saffron having the colour of saffron: deep yellow
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. saffran, F. safran,; cf. It. zafferano, Sp. azafran, Pg. açafrão,; all fr. Ar. & Per. za' farān,


In literature:

Slowly the heavens turned to palest gold, then to saffron.
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
The sun was swimming in a sea of saffron above the mountains in the western distance when Ruth again came downstairs.
"The Range Boss" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Ah, one more stroke of that exquisite saffron on the stem!
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
Her fine capabilities for making much out of nothing, would turn saffron for lack of use.
"How to Cook Husbands" by Elizabeth Strong Worthington
Take gum myrrh and aloes, of each one ounce; saffron, sage leaves, and tansy leaves, of each half an ounce.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
And Rosina now says, "see the rosy morn appearing;" and now "the morn returns in saffron dress'd.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 5, May 1810" by Various
At these times the odor of the pepper, saffron, and ginger became more powerful than ever.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Their necks and arms, which were stained a saffron yellow, were hung with jewels or near-jewels.
"Where the Strange Trails Go Down" by E. Alexander Powell
The hedge-rows were bronze and purple and saffron.
"A Handful of Stars" by Frank W. Boreham
The long night wore away, and presently the sky was streaked with the pink and saffron of the coming dawn.
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen
On the cloth that he may send he should draw with saffron both his hands joined together as if in earnest entreaty.
"The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana" by Vatsyayana
Some of the white horses in the processions are painted in parts, sky-blue, and some are decked with saffron-yellow.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
Other girls handed us each a cup, in which was a liquid not unlike saffron water in colour and in taste.
"In Eastern Seas" by J. J. Smith
Saffron was the material usually employed for these refreshing showers.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Slowly a saffron light filled the room; Jacqueline awoke in the dim bed.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
If you wish to have it a straw color, put in a little tincture of saffron.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
Saffron Walden Church, 236.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
You're as yeller as saffron, and as red as a beet.
"Jessica, the Heiress" by Evelyn Raymond
In the middle was placed a number of crowns, and a globe of inferior size, and the bottom was adorned with a saffron-coloured garment.
"Frederic Lord Leighton" by Ernest Rhys
A lithe, silky figure; and above the silk the high forehead, the saffron, delicately carved face, the fine black hair.
"The Passing of Ku Sui" by Anthony Gilmore

In poetry:

Why does the world before him
Melt in a million suns,
Why do his yellow, yearning eyes
Burn like saffron buns?
"Innocent's Song" by Charles Causley
The crocus, while the days are dark,
Unfolds its saffron sheen;
At April's touch the crudest bark
Discovers gems of green.
"The Year" by Coventry Patmore
The meek-ey'd dawn, in saffron robe,
Proclaim'd the opening day,
Up rose the sun to gild the globe,
And hail the new-born May;
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
I sallied afield when the bud first swells,
And the sun first slanteth hotly,
And I came on a yokel in cap and bells,
And a suit of saffron motley.
"An April Fool" by Alfred Austin
I send my cry, I send my cry
Adown the arches of the sky,
Along the pathway of the stars,
Through quiet and through stress;
I beat against the saffron bars
That guard her loveliness.
"Niamh" by Anna Johnston MacManus
‘I am thy soul, Nikoptis. I have watched
These five millennia, and thy dead eyes
Moved not, nor ever answer my desire,
And thy light limbs, wherethrough I leapt aflame,
Burn not with me nor any saffron thing.
"The Tomb At Akr Çaar" by Ezra Pound

In news:

In this image taken on Monday, Nov 5, 2012, saffron almond puffs are shown in Concord, N.H.
He also ran his first restaurant, Tatsu, for more than 20 years on Picacho Avenue and owned eateries such as Saffron, Mix, Purple.
Saffron threads 1 ½ cups dark seedless raisins 1 cup toasted almond slices 2 Tbsp.
Truffles and saffron edge out Red Zinger tea and granola in Boulder.
Liam Bradley's Saffrons moving in for the Kil.
As for the other ingredients , Foss said he's always felt that the flavors of apples, saffron, and cauliflower work well together.
This was (how embarrassing) our first time ever visiting the lovely Saffron and Genevieve lifestyle store, owned by Scarlett Reed.
Mussels with Saffron & Leeks.
Passing the reins to Jeff Goldblum and Saffron Burrows.
Recent news and coverage of Saffron Burrows.
Saffron NOLA (505 Gretna Blvd, Suite 5, Gretna, 363-2174.
10 threads of saffron .
Actress Saffron Burrows, girlfriend of director Mike Figgis ( Time Code ), revealed to society magazine Harpers and Queen that given the choice, she might fancy an affair with Clinton—Hillary Clinton.
Saffron Laced Moroccan Tagine.
Saffron Road Launches New World Cuisine Simmer Sauce in Pouches.