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4 definitions found
 for Crocus sativus
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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Crocin \Cro"cin\ (kr?"s?n), n. [Gr. ???? saffron.] (Chem.)
     (a) The coloring matter of Chinese yellow pods, the fruit of
         Gardenia grandiflora. --Watts.
     (b) A red powder (called also polychroite), which is made
         from the saffron ({Crocus sativus). See Polychroite.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Crocus \Cro"cus\ (kr[=o]"k[u^]s), n. [L., saffron, fr. Gr.
     kro`kos; cf. Heb. kark[=o]m, Ar. kurkum, Skr. ku[.n]kuma.]
     1. (Bot.) A genus of iridaceous plants, with pretty blossoms
        rising separately from the bulb or corm. Crocus vernus
        is one of the earliest of spring-blooming flowers; Crocus
        sativus produces the saffron, and blossoms in the autumn.
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     2. (Chem.) A deep yellow powder; the oxide of some metal
        calcined to a red or deep yellow color; esp., the oxide of
        iron ({Crocus of Mars or colcothar) thus produced from
        salts of iron, and used as a polishing powder.
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     Crocus of Venus (Old Chem.), oxide of copper.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Crocus sativus
      n 1: Old World crocus having purple or white flowers with
           aromatic pungent orange stigmas used in flavoring food
           [syn: saffron, saffron crocus, Crocus sativus]

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