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cornflower, common herb (Centaurea cyanus) of the family Asteraceae (aster family). It is a garden flower in the United States but a weed in the grainfields of Europe. It is called bluebottle or bluet in England and bluebonnet in Scotland; in North America the cornflower shares with other plants the names ragged robin, bachelor's button, or ragged sailor. The long-stemmed blue heads of the flowers, having radiating bottle- or vase-shaped florets, yield a juice which, mixed with alum, has been used as a dye. Cornflowers are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae.

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corn·flow·er / ˈkôrnˌflouər/ • n. a slender Eurasian plant (genus Centaurea) of the daisy family, with flowers that are typically a deep, vivid blue. ∎  (also cornflower blue) a deep, vivid blue color.

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cornflower

cornflower Annual of the composite family common in many parts of Europe. Family Asteraceae/Compositae; species Centaurea cyanus.

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