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

  • n. Any of various American plants of the genus Tagetes, widely cultivated for their showy yellow or orange flowers.
  • n. Any of several plants related to the marigold or having similar flowers, such as the marsh marigold.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any garden flower plant of the genus Calendula, with orange, yellow or reddish flowers.
  • n. Any plant of the genus Tagetes, a flowering plant with orange, yellow or reddish flowers.
  • adj. Having the color of marigolds, a bright yellowish-orange hue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A name for several plants with golden yellow blossoms, especially the Calendula officinalis (see calendula), and the cultivated species of Tagetes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Properly, a composite plant of either of the genera Calendula and Tagetes.
  • n. A piece of gold money: so called from its color.

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

  • n. any of various tropical American plants of the genus Tagetes widely cultivated for their showy yellow or orange flowers

Etymologies

Middle English : Mari, Mary, ultimately from Greek Maria; see marionette + golde, marigold (from Old English golde; probably akin to gold).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Mary +‎ gold, from Middle English golde ("marigold"). (Wiktionary)

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