American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several plants of the genus Centaurea, especially C. calcitrapa, native to Eurasia, having spiny purplish flower heads.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) an annual composite plant (Centaurea solstitialis) having the involucre armed with stout radiating spines.
- n. a species of Centaurea. See Centaurea.
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