bachelor's button
Bluebottle Blue"bot`tle, blue-bottle lue-bottle, n. 1. (Bot.) an annual Eurasian plant ({Centaurea cyanus}) which grows in grain fields; -- called also {bachelor's button}. It receives its name from its blue bottle-shaped flowers. Varieties cultivated in North America have showy heads of blue or purple or pink or white flowers

Syn: cornflower, bachelor's button. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

2. (Zo["o]l.) A large and troublesome species of blowfly ({Musca vomitoria}). Its body is steel blue. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Bachelor's button — Bach e*lor s but ton, (Bot.) A plant with flowers shaped like buttons; especially, several species of {Ranunculus}, and the cornflower ({Centaurea cyanus}) and globe amaranth ({Gomphrena}). [1913 Webster] Note: Bachelor s buttons, a name given to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bachelor's button — n. any of several plants of a genus (Centaurea) of the composite family, that have scaly, vase shaped bracts below the white, pink, or blue flowers; esp., the cornflower and knapweed * * * or cornflower Herbaceous, hardy annual plant (Centaurea… …   Universalium

  • bachelor's button — n. any of several plants of a genus (Centaurea) of the composite family, that have scaly, vase shaped bracts below the white, pink, or blue flowers; esp., the cornflower and knapweed …   English World dictionary

  • bachelor’s-button — paprastoji rugiagėlė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Astrinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Centaurea cyanus), paplitęs pietų Europoje ir pietvakarių Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Centaurea cyanus angl. bachelor’s button; blue… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • bachelor's-button — dobilinė gomfrena statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Burnotinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Gomphrena globosa), kilęs iš pietų Afrikos. atitikmenys: lot. Gomphrena globosa angl. bachelor s button; common globe amaranth; globe amaranth vok.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • bachelor's button — noun 1. an annual Eurasian plant cultivated in North America having showy heads of blue or purple or pink or white flowers • Syn: ↑cornflower, ↑bluebottle, ↑Centaurea cyanus • Hypernyms: ↑flower • Member Holonyms: ↑Centaurea, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • bachelor's button — noun a) Any one of a number of plants with daisylike, button shaped flowers of the genus Centaurea, especially the species Centaurea cyanus. b) A button which may be attached to clothing without resorting to needle and thread. Syn: cornflower,… …   Wiktionary

  • bachelor's-button — bach′elor s but ton n. pln any of various plants with round flower heads, esp. the cornflower • Etymology: 1570–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • bachelor's button — noun Date: 1847 a European composite (Centaurea cyanus) having flower heads with usually blue, pink, or white rays that is often cultivated in North America called also cornflower …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bachelor's-button — /bach euh leuhrz but n, bach leuhrz /, n. any of various plants with round flower heads, esp. the cornflower. [1570 80] * * * …   Universalium

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