Meadow saffron
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}. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. An orange or deep yellow color, like that of the stigmas of the {Crocus sativus}. [1913 Webster]

{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 ({El[ae]odendron croceum}); also, the tree itself.

{Saffron yellow}, a shade of yellow like that obtained from the stigmas of the true saffron ({Crocus sativus}). [1913 Webster]


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  • Meadow saffron — Meadow Mead ow, a. Of or pertaining to a meadow; of the nature of a meadow; produced, growing, or living in, a meadow. Fat meadow ground. Milton. [1913 Webster] Note: For many names of plants compounded with meadow, see the particular word in the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • meadow saffron — n. COLCHICUM (sense 1) * * * …   Universalium

  • meadow saffron — n. COLCHICUM (sense 1) …   English World dictionary

  • meadow-saffron — rudeninis vėlyvis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Vėlyvinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Colchicum autumnale), paplitęs pietų Europoje. atitikmenys: lot. Colchicum autumnale angl. autumn flowering crocus; autumnal… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • meadow saffron — vėlyvis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Vėlyvinių (Colchicaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Colchicum). atitikmenys: lot. Colchicum angl. colchicum; meadow saffron vok. Zeitlose rus. безвременник lenk. zimowit …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • meadow saffron — noun Date: 1578 autumn crocus …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • meadow saffron. — See autumn crocus. [1570 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • meadow saffron — noun a poisonous lilac flowered autumn crocus. [Colchicum autumnale.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • meadow saffron — mead′ow saf fron n. pln autumn crocus • Etymology: 1570–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • meadow saffron — /mɛdoʊ ˈsæfrən/ (say medoh safruhn) noun the autumn crocus, Colchicum autumnale …   Australian English dictionary

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