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centaurea

(ˌsɛntɔːˈrɪə; sɛnˈtɔːrɪə)
n
(Plants) another name for centaury2
[C19: ultimately from Greek Kentauros the Centaur; see centaury]

cen•tau•re•a

(sɛnˌtɔr i ə)

n., pl. -re•as.
any of numerous composite plants of the genus Centaurea, having tubular flowers in a variety of colors, as the cornflower.
[< New Latin (Linnaeus), alter. of Medieval Latin centauria]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.centaurea - knapweedCentaurea - knapweed; star thistle    
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
centaury - any plant of the genus Centaurea
bachelor's button, bluebottle, Centaurea cyanus, cornflower - an annual Eurasian plant cultivated in North America having showy heads of blue or purple or pink or white flowers
Centaurea imperialis, sweet sultan - perennial of mountains of Iran and Iraq; cultivated for its fragrant rose-pink flowers
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Candytuft is a favourite with them along with the centaureas known as knapweed and sweet sultan.