safflower

Definitions

Agriculture

  • noun an oilseed crop (Carthamus tinctorius) grown mainly in India. The oil is used in the manufacture of margarine, and the residual oilseed cake has a limited use as a livestock feed.

Food

  • A thistle-like plant, Carthamus tinctorius, with large orange-red flowers, cultivated in India, China and the Middle East. The flowers are used as a yellow colouring and oil is extracted from the seeds. The styles are sometimes sold as true saffron to unsuspecting customers.

Travel

  • noun a plant which produces an oil used in cooking
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