Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to centaurea: Centaurea solstitialis


(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]
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
References in periodicals archive ?
These weeds may leave off further inland, but then another unwelcome intruder, called yellow starthistle, Centaurea solstitialis, often takes over.
Suitable seeds: Adonis, Anchusa, Centaurea (cornflower/sweet sultan), Clarkia, Convolvulus, Delphinium consolida (larkspur), Echium, Eschscholzia californica (Californian poppy) Godetia, Helianthus (sunflower), Helichrysum (everlastings), Lavataera trimestris (annual mallow), Linaria (toadflax), Linum (flax), Malcomia maritima (Virginian stock), Nemophila insignis (baby blue eyes), Nigella (Love-in-a-mist), Papaver (poppy), Heseda odorata (mignonette).
This is also a good time for sowing hardy annuals, under glass, for flowering in pots, such as calendula, centaurea and limnanthes.
afer (Bohlmann and Ziesche 1980), and roots, green parts, and flower heads of Centaurea scabiosa (Andersen et al.
No Plant Name Risk Criteria Category of Important Natural Habitat 1 Gypsophila graminifolia CR A1, A2 2 Paronychia saxatilis EN A1, A2 3 Astragalus uhlwormianus EN A1, A2 4 Centaurea poluninii EN A1, A2 5 Marrubium vanense EN A1,A2 6 Bellevalia rixi EN A1,A2 7 Carex iraquensis EN A1, B1 8 Elymus nodosus EN B1,B2 subsp.
Physiological and growth responses of Centaurea maculosa (Asteraceae) to root herbivory under varying levels of interspecific plant competition and soil nitrogen availability.
The determination of the content of the polyphenols in aerial parts of species Centaurea rapestris L.
Other plants we grow at Erddig are Centaurea John Coutts,a rich deep rose colour,C.
Hardy annuals traditionally used in this way include Calendula officinalis - pot marigolds; Nigella damascena - love-in-a-mist; Limnanthes douglasii - the poached egg plant and Centaurea cyaneus - cornflowers.
When all is done you can rake each area over lightly and water in officinalis - pot marigolds; Nigella damascena - love-in-a-mist; Limnanthes douglasii - the poached egg plant and Centaurea cyaneus - cornflowers.
Some pharmacological, toxicological and phytochemical investigations on Centaurea phyllocephala.