Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Mediterranean annual plant (Calendula officinalis) in the composite family, widely cultivated for its showy, yellow or orange, rayed flower heads that were formerly used in medicine, coloring, and flavoring of food. Also called pot marigold.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any plant of the genus Calendula, with yellow or orange flowers, often called marigolds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of composite herbaceous plants. One species, Calendula officinalis, is the common marigold, and was supposed to blossom on the calends of every month, whence the name.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of plants, natural order Compositœ, with yellow or orange flowers, having a powerful but not pleasant odor, natives of the Mediterranean region; the marigolds.
  • n. In ornith.: An old and disused name of the crested wren of Europe, Regulus cristatus. Brisson, 1760.
  • n. The specific name of the ruby-crowned kinglet of North America, Regulus calendula.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of African larks, of which C. crassirostris is an example.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of numerous chiefly annual herbs of the genus Calendula widely cultivated for their yellow or orange flowers; often used for medicinal and culinary purposes

Etymologies

Medieval Latin, marigold, from Latin kalendae, calends; see calends.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • When did marigolds aka 'stinkin' Rogers' become known as calendula?

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  • For us modern day herbalists who prefer to buy our wares in natural food stores, there are wonderful marigold-based skin-care products sold under the botanical name calendula that can soothe and heal mild skin problems.

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  • Use an anti-acne serum made with herbal ingredients such as calendula and tea tree oil to reduce acne-causing bacteria.

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  • Insisting that the ties with La Gacilly must never be severed, Rocher kept 44 hectares of land around the village that are still used to grow flowers such as calendula and nasturtium.

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  • It developed into a cottage industry and a brand called Cherub Rubs, made of certified organic ingredients such as calendula, apricot and aloe vera from Australia.

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  • If my face feels dry, I use a salve that a friend makes for me, consisting of olive oil and calendula, apricot kernal oil, comfrey, lavender and beeswax.

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  • Then, I broke up some chive and calendula flowers and tossed the individual florets over.

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  • We also enjoyed the Almond Cookie tea (made with sliced nuts, cinnamon, vanilla and caramel), the Provence (laced with lavender plus calendula and rose petals) and a detox option (dandelion, burdock and root thistle, all containing healing properties). $6 for a 2-ounce tin of rooibos, lagedethe.com

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  • The flowers I remember from growing up were old-fashioned summer flowers: marigolds, zinnias, calendula, gladiolus, nasturtium, hollyhocks.

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  • Rose hip seed treats sunspots, primrose treats rashes and calendula oil from the marigold flower is good for healing inflammation and irritation.

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  • word derived from the same source as calendar because the flower (marigold?) bloomed every month according to Pliny

    November 30, 2008