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