One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1rare The cornflower, Centaurea cyanus (rare).
2Any of several blue-flowered plants of the genus Meconopsis from the Himalayas; especially (more fully "Himalayan blue poppy") M. betonicifolia and M. grandis, which are grown as ornamentals.
Late 15th century; earliest use found in Synonyma Herbarium.
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