Definition of cornflower in English:

cornflower

noun

  • 1A slender Eurasian plant related to the knapweeds, with flowers that are typically a deep, vivid blue.

    • ‘Flowers, such as cornflowers, scarlet pimpernel and shepherd's needle, used to be a common sight in the county's cornfields 50 years ago, but today many are rare, or even extinct.’
    • ‘More specifically, she had made a pasta salad with what seemed to be a dandelion vinaigrette and petals of carnations, cornflowers, and roses.’
    • ‘The Bachelor's Button is an old-fashioned flower, a roadside attraction with familiar blue blossoms, also known as the cornflower.’
    • ‘In 1992 Design By Nature started saving species such as the cornflower and by end of the year they had established a living gene bank of 60 species of wildflowers.’
    • ‘I recall clutching colorful handfuls of pale blue cornflowers, dainty yellow buttercups, fragrant pink wild roses and yes - golden black-eyed Susans.’
    • ‘My bid to avoid supermarket plastic-wrapped flowers this year is going well: hardly a week's gone by when I haven't had a couple of vases of cornflowers on the windowsill or some dahlias in a glass.’
    • ‘At last they come upon it - the farmhouse covered in wisteria, hydrangeas in bloom all around, the yarrow and cornflowers, the daisies and black-eyed Susans.’
    • ‘Houseproud John and Maggie Briggs filled the wrought-iron hayracks with trailing geraniums, busy Lizzies, wild cornflowers, lobelia and pansies.’
    • ‘Then a little farther down that dirt road, where the blue cornflowers blossomed in spring - there you'd meet the water.’
    • ‘The wild cornflowers and sunflowers I grew on the allotment last year were a big hit: this year I'll be branching out with some retro dahlias.’
    • ‘The cornflowers which used to sprinkle farmers' fields with blue have been killed off as weeds by herbicides.’
    • ‘His repertoire favored simple garden flowers such as roses, larkspur, cornflowers, poppies, and pinks, which he drew scattered over the ground of his designs in a light and airy style.’
    • ‘Rare arable flowers such as shepherd's needle, the cornflower and marigolds thrive in the fallow land, encouraging insects as food for birds.’
    • ‘Other balcony favourites include fuchsias (hanging and regular), geraniums, cornflowers, wallflowers, camellias, azaleas and succulents.’
    • ‘Annuals and biennials like sunflowers, cornflowers, wallflowers, forget me not and perennials like Michaelmas daisies are also good for the bird-feeding garden.’
    • ‘The Trust said cornflowers and Pheasant Eye, once common species, are now listed among the most endangered plants.’
    • ‘Hydrangeas, celosia, yarrow, baby's breath, rose buds, and cornflowers also dry well and make gorgeous decorations.’
    • ‘In this arrangement, cornflowers and various shrub roses are set off with sprigs of sage and lemon balm, and tied up with a bow for a little extra punch.’
    • ‘If you have a little cover, you can plant sweet pea seed, or if you prefer to sow direct into the ground why not try some beautiful blue cornflowers?’
    1. 1.1[mass noun]A deep, vivid blue colour.
      ‘from cornflower to azure, there are herringbones, checks, and ginghams’
      • ‘There, she saw the silver-robed priestess, ushering out a petite girl with a caramel-blonde ponytail, and big, cornflower blue eyes.’
      • ‘She wore a blouse and skirt of ivory and cornflower blue, and the sunlight made her mahogany-brunette hair spark with fire.’
      • ‘Her eyes were a watery, cornflower blue, and she kept them wide and innocent, hiding her intelligence behind a naïve and fussy exterior.’
      • ‘Decorated in cornflower blue and white, this features a striking granite fireplace with marble inset and, like most of the ground floor accommodation, is floored in Junkers timber.’
      • ‘A woman that had to be pushing sixty-years was bustling behind the long counter, dressed in a powder blue uniform with a cornflower blue apron.’
      • ‘I imagine you to look radiant in cornflower blue with your curls of blonde.’
      • ‘And on the right side of the entrance, in a lumpy bed, surrounded by blankets of brown, grey and cornflower blue, Allie was sleeping.’
      • ‘The cornflower blue of her gown heightened her beauty, the simple line making her feel as if she could be nobility.’
      • ‘A flood of widows in cornflower blue burqas, demanding the right to work, sweep the viewer convincingly right into the middle of the drama, where a western cameraman captures the commotion.’
      • ‘Her eyes were as light as his - wonderful and innocent cornflower blue.’
      • ‘With each moment that passes, the sun's color shimmers and changes from startling purples and magentas to the soft hues of cornflower blue.’
      • ‘They wore cornflower blue strapless fitted bodices with fishtail shaped skirts and carried hand-tied bouquets of white carnations and pale blue freesia.’
      • ‘The most desirable color for sapphire is a velvety cornflower blue called Kashmir blue.’
      • ‘Rubies vary from pale pink to dark red, while sapphires typically range from cornflower blue to almost black.’
      • ‘The galley-style kitchen and interconnecting breakfast room are decorated in cornflower blue and located to the rear of the house.’
      • ‘His eyes were cornflower blue and they stood out against his golden brown features.’
      • ‘A strange light seems to shine from behind the same cornflower blue eyes she shared with her daughter.’
      • ‘While dressing Rachel in a dress of ivory and cornflower blue the maid spoke of the coming summer celebration that next July.’
      • ‘Tash noted the lines on her mother's face, and the eyes that had faded from their cornflower blue.’
      • ‘And below, on each of the tower's four corners, white robed figures in various philosophical poses had stood chalked liked gods against the clear sky's cornflower blue.’

Pronunciation:

cornflower

/ˈkɔːnflaʊə/