Definition of safflower in English:



  • 1An orange-flowered, thistlelike Eurasian plant with seeds that yield an edible oil and petals that were formerly used to produce a red or yellow dye.

    • ‘Common foods, which contain phytosterols, are chestnuts, sesame, safflower, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.’
    • ‘It calculates crop performance with 100 combinations of 10 crops: barley, canola, crambe, dry bean, dry pea, flax, safflower, soybean, sunflower, and wheat.’
    • ‘First, let me state that it is not because it is a thistle - the niger thistle is really more closely related to safflower or sunflower and like these crops is high in oil.’
    • ‘Other crops include alfalfa, wheat, grapes, sunflowers, safflower, and walnuts.’
    • ‘Feeder watchers always appreciate safflower and thistle seeds, as well as suet cakes.’
    • ‘Other tasty crops in the region include sugarbeets, safflower, buckwheat, and crambe.’
    • ‘Sunflower, niger, safflower and millet are popular attractors.’
    • ‘Zinc deficiency destroyed rice crops; peanut yields were erratic; safflower quality was poor; wheat and sugar proved non-viable.’
    • ‘Traditionally safflower was grown for its flower, used in coloring and flavoring food, making dyes, and in medicine.’
    • ‘Peanut hearts and safflower seeds are extravagances that many folks don't usually buy for themselves but would welcome as gifts.’
    • ‘The team looked at crops such as corn, peas, proso millet, safflower, sunflower, triticale, and winter wheat, with some crops grown for grain and some for forage.’
    • ‘The dried heads of strawflowers and safflower will further enliven your Yuletide still-life.’
    • ‘In reality, this product is the thistle of the safflower plant.’
    • ‘Yunosuke and his wife, Katsu, had opened their first coffeehouse-style restaurant just after the end of World War II and named it ‘Benihana’ for the red safflowers that grew along the streets.’
    1. 1.1The edible oil obtained from the seeds of the safflower.
      • ‘A critical example of this is the overconsumption of refined sugar, refined grains, and refined vegetable oils such as corn, safflower, and sunflower oil.’
      • ‘Polyunsaturated oils, such as flax, corn, hemp, safflower, sesame and sunflower, have at least two gaps.’
      • ‘In addition to almonds, ingredients include almond and/or safflower oil, sea salt, rice flour, tortula yeast and natural smoke flavor.’
      • ‘They seem to benefit most from an equal blend of almond, or sweet almond, virgin olive and safflower or even sunflower oil, to help to boost brain power.’
      • ‘If the roads in Salem, Oregon, smell like French fries, thank Kettle Foods - a snack-food biz whose company cars run on biodiesel made from safflower and sunflower cooking oils.’
      • ‘Olive oil is a better choice than corn or safflower oil for cooking.’
      • ‘Some excellent omega - 6-rich foods are borage, evening primrose oil, safflower oil, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, corn and pumpkin seeds.’
      • ‘Olive, canola, peanut, sesame, almond, avocado and high-oleic safflower and sunflower oils each have more than 50 percent monounsaturated fats, according to Spectrum Naturals, a leading oil distributor.’
      • ‘It can be found in seed oils such as safflower and sunflower and, according to a Loyola University Medical Center study, may help control hypertension and thus prevent stroke, the nation's third-leading killer.’
      • ‘Dr Willett recommends cutting back on processed foods, sugars and saturated fat, and eating a diet dominated by unrefined whole grains and vegetable oils (such as olive, safflower, sunflower and groundnut).’
      • ‘Foods high in these fats include vegetable oils such as safflower, corn and sunflower.’
      • ‘Vegetable oils used in hard margarine include palm, groundnut, coconut, safflower, sunflower, cottonseed, and soya bean, the last two being much the most used in American brands.’
      • ‘Use oils such as sunflower, safflower, olive and canola.’
      • ‘Steer away from safflower, sunflower, corn and sesame oils, as well as polyunsaturated vegetable oils.’
      • ‘GLA is derived from linoleic acid, which is present in many common vegetable oils, such as safflower and sunflower.’
      • ‘For example, sunflower oil, corn oil, safflower oil are all rich sources of omega 6.’
      • ‘The treaty will ensure that this proud new state gets 90% of the revenue from any oil it produces - peanut oil, coconut, olive, safflower, the lot.’
      • ‘Made from papaya extract and safflower seed oil, it's lightweight and will soften your facial hair, as well as reduce razor friction.’
      • ‘They're also plentiful in many oils - safflower, soybean, sunflower, black currant seed, flaxseed, evening primrose and borage.’
      • ‘Containing aloe gel, safflower oil, and almond oil, this potion felt creamy and nourishing and removed dirt and oil.’


Late Middle English: from Dutch saffloer or German Saflor, via Old French and Italian from Arabic aṣfar yellow The spelling has been influenced by saffron and flower.