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- 2 (also saffron crocus) an autumn-flowering crocus with reddish-purple flowers, native to warmer regions of Eurasia. Enormous numbers of flowers are required to produce a small quantity of the large red stigmas used for the spice.
- Crocus sativus, family Iridaceae. See also meadow saffron
Middle English: from Old French safran, based on Arabic za῾farān