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From Middle French safleur; originally from Arabicأَصْفَر(ʔaṣfar, yellow) but influenced by safran (saffron) and fleur (flower).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈsæfˌlaʊə(ɹ)/

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safflower (plural safflowers)

  1. A cultivated thistle-like plant, Carthamus tinctorius, family Asteraceae, now grown mainly for its oil.
    • 2002, Victoria Finlay, Colour, page 195:
      Safflower is unusual: if you add alkalis to the dye broth it is yellow; with acids it goes a beautiful crimson pink which is the colour of the original ‘red’ tape once tied around legal documents in England [] .

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