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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • noun (Bot.) A name for several plants with golden yellow blossoms, especially the Calendula officinalis (see calendula), and the cultivated species of Tagetes.
  • noun (Arch.) See Rose window, under Rose.

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

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English : Mari, Mary (ultimately from Greek Maria; see marionette) + golde, marigold (from Old English; probably akin to gold).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Mary +‎ gold, from Middle English golde ("marigold").

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