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Meaning of SAFFRON

Pronunciation:  'safrun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a shade of yellow tinged with orange
  2. [n]  dried pungent stigmas of the Old World saffron crocus
  3. [n]  Old World crocus having purple or white flowers with aromatic pungent orange stigmas used in flavoring food

SAFFRON is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: Crocus sativus, orange yellow, saffron crocus
 See Also: crocus, Crocus sativus, flavorer, flavoring, flavourer, flavouring, ocher, ochre, saffron, saffron, saffron crocus, seasoner, seasoning, yellow, yellowness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Saf"fron\ (?; 277), n. [OE. saffran, F. safran; cf. It.
    zafferano, Sp. azafran, Pg. a[,c]afr[~a]o; all fr. Ar. & Per.
    za' far[=a]n.]
    1. (Bot.) A bulbous iridaceous plant ({Crocus sativus})
       having blue flowers with large yellow stigmas. See
    2. The aromatic, pungent, dried stigmas, usually with part of
       the stile, of the {Crocus sativus}. Saffron is used in
       cookery, and in coloring confectionery, liquors,
       varnishes, etc., and was formerly much used in medicine.
    3. An orange or deep yellow color, like that of the stigmas
       of the {Crocus sativus}.
    {Bastard saffron}, {Dyer's saffron}. (Bot.) See {Safflower}.
    {Meadow saffron} (Bot.), a bulbous plant ({Colchichum
       autumnale}) of Europe, resembling saffron.
    {Saffron wood} (Bot.), the yellowish wood of a South African
       tree ({El[ae]odendron croceum}); also, the tree itself.
    {Saffron yellow}, a shade of yellow like that obtained from
       the stigmas of the true saffron ({Crocus sativus}).
  2. \Saf"fron\ (?; 277), a.
    Having the color of the stigmas of saffron flowers; deep
    orange-yellow; as, a saffron face; a saffron streamer.
  3. \Saf"fron\, v. t.
    To give color and flavor to, as by means of saffron; to
    spice. [Obs.]
          And in Latyn I speak a wordes few, To saffron with my
          predication.                             --Chaucer.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing saffron growing in your dream means a deceitful lover or false friend. Dreaming that you are using saffron in food indicates a peaceful resolution to your problems and quarrels.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Heb. karkom, Arab. zafran (i.e., "yellow"), mentioned only in Cant. 4:13, 14; the Crocus sativus. Many species of the crocus are found in Palestine. The pistils and stigmata, from the centre of its flowers, are pressed into "saffron cakes," common in the East. "We found," says Tristram, "saffron a very useful condiment in travelling cookery, a very small pinch of it giving not only a rich yellow colour but an agreable flavour to a dish of rice or to an insipid stew."