American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An annual Eurasian plant (Centaurea cyanus) in the composite family, cultivated and also naturalized in North America and having showy heads of blue, purple, pink, or white flowers. Also called bachelor's button.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A flower or plant growing in grain-fields, as the wild poppy, and especially the bluebottle, Centaurea Cyanus.
- n. A small annual species of aster, Centaurea cyanus, usually with bushy blue flowers which grows natively in European cornfields (i.e. wheatfields).
- n. Cornflower blue.
- adj. Of a blue colour, as that of the cornflower.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A conspicuous wild flower (Centaurea Cyanus), growing in grainfields.
- n. plant of southern and southeastern United States grown for its yellow flowers that can be dried
- n. an annual Eurasian plant cultivated in North America having showy heads of blue or purple or pink or white flowers
- So called because it is found in cornfields. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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