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


(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]
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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
References in classic literature ?
There were serpents of cyanus that reared themselves up towards the neck, three upon either side, like the rainbows which the son of Saturn has set in heaven as a sign to mortal men.
And a wonder it was to see; for its whole orb was a-shimmer with enamel and white ivory and electrum, and it glowed with shining gold; and there were zones of cyanus (2) drawn upon it.
2) Cyanus was a glass-paste of deep blue colour: the `zones' were concentric bands in which were the scenes described by the poet.
Activity patterns in a subterranean social rodent, Spalacopus cyanus (Octodontidae).
But if you are a follower of fashion then you must also grow bishop's flower, which looks like a more delicate form of cow parsley, and the black cornflower, Centaurea cyanus 'Black Ball'.
Raton degu 0 Spalacopus cyanus Cururo 0 Lagidium viscacia Vizcacha 0 Oryctolagus cuniculus Conejo 0 Indeterminado Taxon indeterminado 0 Total 1.
The presence of Salix caprea, Frangula alnus, Rubus idaeus, Trifolium repens, Centaurea cyanus, Arctium tomentosum, Carum carvi, and Fagopyrum esculentum pollen in those honey samples points to a wide diversity of melliferous plants within the area of the Gomerta Landscape Reserve.
The main native vegetation comprises Alhagi maurorum, Astragalus gummifer, Artemisia sieberi, Agropyron repens, and Centaurea cyanus.
So that upon increasing the concentration of barley residue water extract, the length of rootlet, stemlet and plantlet of Amaranthus retroflexus (pigweed), Chenopodium album L (fat hen), Sorghum halapense (Jounson grass) and Centaurea cyanus (cornflower) were reduced.