Saf"flow`er (?), n. [F. safeur, safior, for safran, influenced by fleur flower. See Saffron, and Flower.]

1. Bot.

An annual composite plant (Carthamus tinctorius), the flowers of which are used as a dyestuff and in making rouge; bastard, or false, saffron.


The died flowers of the Carthamus tinctorius.


A dyestuff from these flowers. See Safranin (b).

Oil of safflower, a purgative oil expressed from the seeds of the safflower.


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