- any of various tropical American plants of the genus Tagetes, esp T. erecta (African marigold) and T. patula (French marigold), cultivated for their yellow or orange flower heads and strongly scented foliage: family Asteraceae (composites)
- any of various similar or related plants, such as the marsh marigold, pot marigold, bur marigold, and fig marigold
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mar•i•gold /ˈmærɪˌgoʊld/USA pronunciation n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Plant Biologya plant having golden or orange flowers and strong-scented leaves.
mar•i•gold (mar′i gōld′),USA pronunciation n.
- Plant Biologyany of several chiefly golden-flowered composite plants, esp. of the genus Tagetes, as T. erecta, having strong-scented foliage and yielding an oil that repels root parasites.
- Plant Biologyany of several unrelated plants, esp. of the genus Calendula, as C. officinalis, the pot marigold.
- 1300–50; Middle English; see Mary (the Virgin), gold
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marigold /ˈmærɪˌɡəʊld/ n
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