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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]
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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When neighbor Centaureas were exposed to herbivory, individual Festuca basal area was 4.
A field experiment was designed to test the direct effect of Centaurea on Festuca idahoensis Elmer.
We observed mature Agapeta moths in Centaurea foliage 2 yr after establishing the treatments, suggesting that Agapeta may have dispersed to treatment plots that were intended to be free from herbivory.
Twenty-six Centaurea at the rosette stage were collected in the field, and each was transplanted into an 8-L pot containing field soil of the same type used in the common garden experiment and grown in a naturally lighted greenhouse.
Candytuft is a favourite with them along with the centaureas known as knapweed and sweet sultan.