(Science: botany) 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 or 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. Marigold window.

see rose window, under rose.

Origin: Mary _ gold.

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