1 a a thistle-like plant, Carthamus tinctorius, yielding a red dye. b its dried petals.
2 a dye made from these, used in rouge etc.
Etymology: Du. saffloer or G Safflor f. OF saffleur f. obs. It. saffiore, of unkn. orig.

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