Carthamus

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Noun1.Carthamus - safflowerCarthamus - safflower        
asterid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous herbs and some trees and shrubs
aster family, Asteraceae, Compositae, family Asteraceae, family Compositae - plants with heads composed of many florets: aster; daisy; dandelion; goldenrod; marigold; lettuces; ragweed; sunflower; thistle; zinnia
Carthamus tinctorius, false saffron, safflower - thistlelike Eurasian plant widely grown for its red or orange flower heads and seeds that yield a valuable oil
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Despite warnings from the Douglas County Soil and Water Conservation District, pipeline construction crews barreled through a patch of noxious weed called wooly distaff thistle, turning a problem that was once contained to a quarter of an acre into a four-mile-long stretch.