1. [syn: safflower, false saffron, Carthamus tinctorius]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Safflower \Saf"flow`er\, n. [F. safleur, saflor, 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.
2. The dried flowers of the Carthamus tinctorius.
3. A dyestuff from these flowers. See Safranin
Oil of safflower, a purgative oil expressed from the seeds
of the safflower.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: thistlelike Eurasian plant widely grown for its red or
orange flower heads and seeds that yield a valuable oil
[syn: safflower, false saffron, Carthamus tinctorius]