Definition of safflower in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsafˌlou(ə)r/


1An orange-flowered, thistlelike Eurasian plant with seeds that yield an edible oil and petals that were formerly used to produce a red or yellow dye.
  • Carthamus tinctorius, family Compositae.
Example sentences
  • In reality, this product is the thistle of the safflower plant.
  • Common foods, which contain phytosterols, are chestnuts, sesame, safflower, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
  • Feeder watchers always appreciate safflower and thistle seeds, as well as suet cakes.
1.1 (safflower oil) The edible oil obtained from the seeds of the safflower.
Example sentences
  • For example, sunflower oil, corn oil, safflower oil are all rich sources of omega 6.
  • In addition to almonds, ingredients include almond and/or safflower oil, sea salt, rice flour, tortula yeast and natural smoke flavor.
  • Containing aloe gel, safflower oil, and almond oil, this potion felt creamy and nourishing and removed dirt and oil.


Late Middle English: from Dutch saffloer or German Saflor, via Old French and Italian from Arabic aṣfar 'yellow'. The spelling has been influenced by saffron and flower.

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Syllabification: saf·flow·er

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