from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A corm-producing plant (Crocus sativus) native to the Old World, having purple or white flowers with orange stigmas.
- n. The dried aromatic stigmas of this plant, used to color foods and as a cooking spice and dyestuff.
- n. A moderate or strong orange yellow to moderate orange.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The saffron crocus plant, Crocus sativus.
- n. A seasoning made from the stigma of the saffron plant.
- n. A dye made from the stigma of the saffron plant.
- n. An orange-yellow colour. The color of a lion.
- adj. Having a orange-yellow colour.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bulbous iridaceous plant (Crocus sativus) having blue flowers with large yellow stigmas. See crocus.
- n. The aromatic, pungent, dried stigmas, usually with part of the stile, of the Crocus sativus. Saffron is used in cookery, and in coloring confectionery, liquors, varnishes, etc., and was formerly much used in medicine.
- n. An orange or deep yellow color, like that of the stigmas of the Crocus sativus.
- adj. Having the color of the stigmas of saffron flowers; deep orange-yellow.
- transitive v. To give color and flavor to, as by means of saffron; to spice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A product consisting of the dried stigmas of the flowers of the autumnal crocus, Crocus sativus.
- n. The plant which produces saffron, a low bul-bous herb, Crocus sativus, the autumnal crocus.
- Having the color given by an infusion of saffron-flowers, somewhat orange-yellow, less brilliant than chrome.
- To tinge with saffron; make yellow; gild; give color or flavor to.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a shade of yellow tinged with orange
- n. Old World crocus having purple or white flowers with aromatic pungent orange stigmas used in flavoring food
- n. dried pungent stigmas of the Old World saffron crocus
The killers were dressed in saffron scarves and khaki shorts, the uniform of the RSS, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (Organization of National Volunteers) — the umbrella group of the Hindu nationalist movement — and came armed with swords and gas cylinders, as well as electoral registers and computer printouts of addresses.
In Chelsea Manhattan, two weeks before Halloween, white powdered, barefoot Beings in saffron skirts and robes moving on crystal sand escort us to our essence where we are quiet; grace reigns (rains).
Check at your major produce distribution center in D.F. And you are right ... so-called mexican saffron is absolutly NOT a substitute for real saffron ...
Slogans and calls for shutting down shops erupted as men in saffron brandishing trishuls marched around the market.
"I don't like the word saffron," she declared; "somehow it makes me think of camomile tea."
The word saffron is derived from the Arabic zafran, "yellow."
The saffron is a bit of a splurge, but adds incredible richness and makes for a golden start to the new year.
-- This plant must not be confounded with _Curcuma longa_, L., whose tuber is also frequently called saffron (azafrán), and is used to color food.
It abounds in Palestine name saffron is usually applied only to the stigmas and part of the style, which are plucked out and dried.
Hence male devotees are advised to avoid tile "two reds," i.e. meat and wine; while the "two reds," which corrupt women, are gold and saffron, that is perfumery.