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 for Bastard saffron
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Saffron \Saf"fron\ (?; 277), n. [OE. saffran, F. safran; cf. It.
     zafferano, Sp. azafran, Pg. a[,c]afr[~a]o; all fr. Ar. & Per.
     za' far[=a]n.]
     1. (Bot.) A bulbous iridaceous plant ({Crocus sativus)
        having blue flowers with large yellow stigmas. See
        Crocus.
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     2. The aromatic, pungent, dried stigmas, usually with part of
        the stile, of the Crocus sativus. Saffron is used in
        cookery, and in coloring confectionery, liquors,
        varnishes, etc., and was formerly much used in medicine.
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     3. An orange or deep yellow color, like that of the stigmas
        of the Crocus sativus.
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     Bastard saffron, Dyer's saffron. (Bot.) See Safflower.
        
  
     Meadow saffron (Bot.), a bulbous plant ({Colchichum
        autumnale) of Europe, resembling saffron.
  
     Saffron wood (Bot.), the yellowish wood of a South African
        tree ({Elaeodendron croceum); also, the tree itself.
  
     Saffron yellow, a shade of yellow like that obtained from
        the stigmas of the true saffron ({Crocus sativus).
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