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meadow saffron Syllabification: mead·ow saf·fron
Pronunciation: /ˈmedō ˌsafrən/

Definition of meadow saffron in English:


A poisonous autumn crocus that produces its flowers, usually lilac, in the autumn while leafless. Native to Europe and North Africa, it is a source of the drug colchicine.
  • Colchicum autumnale, family Liliaceae
Example sentences
  • The meadow saffron (Colchicum autumnale Pleniforum) in the photograph is looking a little worse for wear because Good Golly Miss Molly and her sibling partners in crime sat on it.
  • Species found in the meadows include great burnet, meadow foxtail, red fescue, meadow saffron, narrow-leaved water-dropwort, mousetail, and the unusual small-flowered winter-cress on bare banks of the Severn.
  • You can take a little bit of arsenic every day for ten years, but what happens if someone slips some meadow saffron in your polenta?
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