from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A flower or plant growing in grain-fields, as the wild poppy, and especially the bluebottle, Centaurea Cyanus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A conspicuous wild flower (Centaurea Cyanus), growing in grainfields.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small annual species of aster, Centaurea cyanus, usually with bushy blue flowers which grows natively in European cornfields (i.e. wheatfields).
  • noun Cornflower blue.
  • adjective Of a blue colour, as that of the cornflower.

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

  • noun plant of southern and southeastern United States grown for its yellow flowers that can be dried
  • noun an annual Eurasian plant cultivated in North America having showy heads of blue or purple or pink or white flowers


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

[So called because it is found in cornfields.]



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