Definition of centaurea in English:


Line breaks: cen|taurea
Pronunciation: /sɛnˈtɔːrɪə
, ˌsɛntəˈriːə/


  • A plant of a Eurasian genus which includes the cornflower and knapweed.
    • Genus Centaurea, family Compositae
    More example sentences
    • A new strain of Marguerite centaureas has a better form and more substance to the blossoms.
    • The tender centaureas are valued for summer bedding on account of their pure silvery or bluish tinted white foliage.
    • If you are sowing in spring, it's a good idea to make more than one sowing of the annuals because centaureas are not long-blooming plants.


modern Latin based on Greek kentauros ‘centaur’ (see centaury).

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