Definition of centaurea in English:

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Pronunciation: /senˈtôrēə/


A plant of a Eurasian genus that includes the cornflower and knapweed. Several kinds are cultivated for their bright flowers.
  • Genus Centaurea, family Compositae.
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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Syllabification: cen·tau·re·a

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