A composite is something made up of complicated and related parts. A composite photograph of your family might have your eyes, your sister’s nose, your dad’s mouth, and your mother’s chin.

Composite comes from the Latin for "putting together." It can be used as a noun or adjective. If you and five friends put together a map showing all the places each of you has ever lived, you’ve created a composite. You could also describe it as a composite map of your lives. Composite is also the name of a family of plants that have many little flowers wound so densely together that it just looks like one flower.

Definitions of composite
  1. adjective
    consisting of separate interconnected parts
    complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts
  2. noun
    a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts
    synonyms: complex
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    a composite of mixed origin
    a complex of concurrent things
    type of:
    all of something including all its component elements or parts
  3. noun
    considered the most highly evolved dicotyledonous plants, characterized by florets arranged in dense heads that resemble single flowers
    synonyms: composite plant
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    compass flower, compass plant
    any of several plants having leaves so arranged on the axis as to indicate the cardinal points of the compass
    everlasting, everlasting flower
    any of various plants of various genera of the family Compositae having flowers that can be dried without loss of form or color
    Anthemis cotula, dog fennel, mayweed, stinking chamomile, stinking mayweed
    widespread rank-smelling weed having white-rayed flower heads with yellow discs
    Anthemis tinctoria, dyers' chamomile, golden marguerite, yellow chamomile
    Eurasian perennial herb with hairy divided leaves and yellow flowers; naturalized in North America
    Anthemis arvensis, corn chamomile, corn mayweed, field chamomile
    European white-flowered weed naturalized in North America
    Chrysanthemum maximum, Leucanthemum maximum, oxeye daisy
    similar to oxeye daisy
    Chrysanthemum maximum maximum, Leucanthemum superbum, shasta daisy
    hybrid garden flower derived from Chrysanthemum maximum and Chrysanthemum lacustre having large white flower heads resembling oxeye daisies; often placed in the genus Chrysanthemum
    Chrysanthemum lacustre, Leucanthemum lacustre, Pyrenees daisy
    perennial of Portugal similar to the oxeye daisy
    Chrysanthemum ptarmiciflorum, Tanacetum ptarmiciflorum, dusty miller, silver lace, silver-lace
    shrubby perennial of the Canary Islands having white flowers and leaves and hairy stems covered with dustlike down; sometimes placed in genus Chrysanthemum
    Tanacetum vulgare, golden buttons, scented fern, tansy
    common perennial aromatic herb native to Eurasia having buttonlike yellow flower heads and bitter-tasting pinnate leaves sometimes used medicinally
    crown beard, crown-beard, crownbeard
    any plant of the genus Verbesina having clustered white or yellow flower heads
    Acroclinium roseum, pink paper daisy, pink-and-white everlasting
    flower of southwestern Australia having bright pink daisylike papery flowers; grown for drying
    Anaphalis margaritacea, cottonweed, pearly everlasting
    an American everlasting having foliage with soft wooly hairs and corymbose heads with pearly white bracts
    any of numerous plants of the genus Gnaphalium having flowers that can be dried without loss of form or color
    Helichrysum bracteatum, golden everlasting, strawflower, yellow paper daisy
    Australian plant naturalized in Spain having flowers of lemon yellow to deep gold; the frequent choice of those who love dried flowers
    any of various plants of the genus Helipterum
    Lactuca scariola, Lactuca serriola, horse thistle, prickly lettuce
    European annual wild lettuce having prickly stems; a troublesome weed in parts of United States
    Helichrysum secundiflorum, Ozothamnus secundiflorus, cascade everlasting
    shrub with white woolly branches and woolly leaves having fragrant flowers forming long sprays; flowers suitable for drying; sometimes placed in genus Helichrysum
    Helipterum manglesii, Rhodanthe manglesii, Swan River everlasting, rhodanthe
    Australian annual everlasting having light pink nodding flower heads; sometimes placed in genus Helipterum
    Silphium laciniatum, rosinweed
    North American perennial having a resinous odor and yellow flowers
    Actinomeris alternifolia, Verbesina alternifolia, golden honey plant, golden ironweed, wingstem, yellow ironweed
    perennial herb with showy yellow flowers; the eastern United States
    Verbesina encelioides, Ximenesia encelioides, butter daisy, cowpen daisy, golden crown beard, golden crownbeard
    coarse greyish-green annual yellow-flowered herb; southwestern United States to Mexico
    Verbesina helianthoides, gravelweed
    perennial herb with yellow flowers; southern and south central United States
    Verbesina virginica, Virginia crownbeard, frost-weed, frostweed
    tall perennial herb having clusters of white flowers; the eastern United States
    Xeranthemum annuum, immortelle
    mostly widely cultivated species of everlasting flowers having usually purple flowers; southern Europe to Iran; naturalized elsewhere
    type of:
    a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
  4. adjective
    of or relating to or belonging to the plant family Compositae
  5. adjective
    ​​divisible without remainder by at least one positive integer other than itself and one
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