• WordNet 3.6
    • n sunflower any plant of the genus Helianthus having large flower heads with dark disk florets and showy yellow rays
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sunflower Any plant of the genus Helianthus; -- so called probably from the form and color of its flower, which is large disk with yellow rays. The commonly cultivated sunflower is Helianthus annuus, a native of America.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sunflower A plant of the genus Helianthus, so named from its showy golden radiate heads. The common or annual sunflower is H. annuus, a native of the western United States, much planted elsewhere for ornament, and for its oily seeds, which are valued as food for poultry and as a remedy for heaves in horses. (See also sunflower-oil, below.) It is naturally robust; but in cultivation it grows to a height of 10 or 12 feet; the disk of the head broadens from an inch or so to several inches, the leaves becoming more heart-shaped and often over a foot long. A favorite profusely flowering garden sunflower known as H. multiflorus is referred for origin to the same species. Other cultivated species are H. orgyalis of the great plains of Nebraska, etc., a smooth plant 10 feet high, with narrow graceful leaves, and H. argophyllus of Texas, with soft silky white foliage. H. tuberosus is the Jerusalem artichoke (which see, under artichoke). Bee Helianthus, and cut under authoclinium.
    • n sunflower The rock-rose or sun-rose. See Helianthemum.
    • n sunflower The marigold, Calendula officinalis, from its opening and closing with the ascent and descent of the sun.
    • n sunflower In civil engineering, a full-circle protractor arranged for vertical mounting on a tripod. It has two levels arranged at right angles with one another, adjusting devices, and an adjustable arm pivoted to the center of the protractor; the tripod mounting is effected by means of an open-ended tube to which the protractor is attached, the tube being passed vertically through the ball of the ball-and-socket joint of the tripod, and held therein by a set-screw. The instrument is used in measuring sectional areas of tunnels.
    • n sunflower In writing-telegraphs and other electrical instruments and apparatus, a series of alternate conducting and insulating segmental pieces or tablets symmetrically arranged in circular form, each conducting piece being connected with a source of electricity and also with the ground. It is operated by a tracer (also having a ground connection) rotated over the series, and making a circuit in passing over any of the conducting segments and breaking it when passing over any of the insulating segments.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sunflower a plant so called from its flower, which is a large disc with yellow rays
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  • Jean Paul Richter
    “Every friend is to the other a sun, and a sunflower also. He attracts and follows.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sunne; Ice. sunna, Ger. sunne.


In literature:

The banks in summer were lined with wild strawberries and wild sunflowers.
"In The Boyhood of Lincoln" by Hezekiah Butterworth
We have splendid Sunflowers in our garden, so tall, and with such large round faces!
"Last Words" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Besides these, a few others should be chosen for special study, such as the potato, onion, corn, and sunflower.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Aint we a big sunflower!
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
There was some scant compensation in the presence of the winter wren one winter in the Sunflower state.
"Our Bird Comrades" by Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
Blake comes to me as an indulgent father to his tired and fretful child and sings to me his sunflower song.
"An Anarchist Woman" by Hutchins Hapgood
Look at the sunflowers, Virgie.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
Yes, the sunflowers grew wild all in among the grain.
"Virginia of Elk Creek Valley" by Mary Ellen Chase
I'm a kind of sunflower, and that is my sun.
"The Dominant Dollar" by Will Lillibridge
This latter had a form not unlike a wild sunflower.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland

In poetry:

On earth, thy gorgeous bloom
Bears record of thy tomb,
And to transcendent light
Thy soul takes flight
Till thou art one,
O sunflower, with the sun!
"The Soul of the Sunflower" by Sarah Orne Jewett
A garden I need never go beyond,
Broken but neat, whose sunflowers every one
Are fit to be the sign of the Rising Sun:
A spring, a brook's bend, or at least a pond:
"For These" by Edward Thomas
Time and the bell have buried the day,
The black cloud carries the sun away.
Will the sunflower turn to us, will the clematis
Stray down, bend to us; tendril and spray
Clutch and cling?
"Four Quartets 1: Burnt Norton" by T S Eliot
Stark in the rain like a face of the slain
The gray land stares in the fitful light.
Is it a glimmer of some vague story —
The corn's green might, the wheatfield's shimmer,
The sunflower's glory?
"Prarie Storm Rune" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
Of honey and heat and weed and wheat
The day had made perfume;
And Heaven a tower of turquoise raised,
Whence Noon, like some wan woman, gazed--
A sunflower withering at her waist--
Within a crystal room.
"Love And A Day" by Madison Julius Cawein
THE wild bee sips at the heat-drugged lips
Of the passionless lily a-nod;
The sunflowers stare through the hush at the glare
Of the face of their tutelar god, and the hair
Of the gossamer glints in the listless air.
"Prarie Storm Rune" by John Gneisenau Neihardt

In news:

Thanasi Foods LLC introduces the new BIGS Slammers to its all-star lineup of BIGS Sunflower Seeds.
Sunflower's new 6631 Series vertical tillage .
AGCO has introduced the new Sunflower 6631-35 and 6631-40 vertical tillage tools.
In the 109-game history of the Sunflower Showdown football rivalry, Kansas State has beaten Kansas by 30 points or more 11 times.
Growing up in The Sunflower State it is easy to see why weather captured Frank's interest.
Annual Wyandotte County Open at Sunflower Hills this weekend.
In the zone" and "on target" is an expression that could be applied to nearly every sport offered in the Sunflower State Games.
Something about the crunch of the sunflower seeds, the tanginess of the goat cheese and the brightness of the beets make for the most perfect of combos.
Miranda July stood in her living room in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, apologizing for the sunflowers.
Angela Russo of Sunflower Real Estate Holdings won the final spot on the Washington.
Our continued introduction of the variety of sports offered in the Sunflower State Games is being cleared for tonight's edition of Bowling .
Marlene asked for help finding a recipe for a healthy snack she baked in the early 1990s, a cheese cracker made with sunflower seeds and oats.
Sunflower towers over community garden.
Camarillo gardener Kevin Crum takes pride over his towering Sunzilla sunflower at the Camarillo Community Garden.
ND regulators move to take over sunflower company.