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(ˌsɛntɔːˈrɪə; sɛnˈtɔːrɪə)
(Plants) another name for centaury2
[C19: ultimately from Greek Kentauros the Centaur; see centaury]
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(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
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References in classic literature ?
It had ten courses of dark cyanus, twelve of gold, and ten of tin.
First she set for them a fair and well-made table that had feet of cyanus; on it there was a vessel of bronze and an onion to give relish to the drink, with honey and cakes of barley-meal.
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.
Bachelor buttons or cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) will bloom profusely with deadheading.
Materials: Commercial seeds of medicinal plants, which are also grown as garden plants such as Centaurea cyanus L.
Containers lend themselves just as well to pollinatorfriendly plants such as Centaurea cyanus "Black Boy", Daucus carota and Cerinthe major "Purpurascens" and they'll look spectacular, too.
Containers lend themselves just as well to pollinatorfriendly plants such as Centaurea cyanus 'Black Boy', Daucus carota and Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' and they'll look spectacular too.
Identified crop weeds were corncockle (Agrostemma githago), cornflower (Centaurea cyanus), bromes (Bromus sp.) and corn gromwell (Lithospermum arvense), as well as ball-mustard (Neslia paniculata) (Fig.
longuemareus (Lesson, 1832), Mellisuga minima (Linnaeus, 1758), Hylocharis cyanus Vieillot, 1818, Amazilia tobaci (Gmelin, 1788), A.
Those studies that have examined natural populations of subterranean rodents have revealed a variety of diel patterns of activity, including species that are primarily diurnal (e.g., Thomomys bottae: Gettinger, 1984; Spalacopus cyanus: Urrejola et al., 2005; Ctenomys talarum: Cutrera et al., 2006; Fukomys anselli: Skliba et al., 2014), species that are primarily nocturnal (e.g., Georychus capensis: Lovegrove and Papenfus, 1995; Fukomis mechowii: Lovy et al., 2013), and species in which activity occurs in bouts throughout the 24-hour cycle (e.g., Cryptomys hottentotus: Hickman, 1980; Fukomys damarensis: Lovegrove, 1988).