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marigold Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun any of various tropical American plants of the genus Tagetes widely cultivated for their showy yellow or orange flowers
WordNet

Mar"i*gold noun
Etymology
Mary + gold.
Definitions
  1. (Bot.) A name for several plants with golden yellow blossoms, especially the Calendula officinalis (see Calendula), and the cultivated species of Tagetes. ✍ There are several yellow-flowered plants of different genera bearing this name; as, the African ∨ French marigold of the genus Tagetes, of which several species and many varieties are found in gardens. They are mostly strong-smelling herbs from South America and Mexico: bur marigold, of the genus Bidens; corn marigold, of the genus Chrysanthemum (C. segetum, a pest in the cornfields of Italy); fig marigold, of the genus Mesembryanthemum; marsh marigold, of the genus Caltha (C. palustris), commonly known in America as the cowslip. See Marsh Marigold.

Webster 1913


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