composite

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.

Primary Meanings of composite

1.
adjn
consisting of separate interconnected parts
a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts
2.
nadj
considered the most highly evolved dicotyledonous plants, characterized by florets arranged in dense heads that resemble single flowers
of or relating to or belonging to the plant family Compositae
Full Definitions of composite
1

adj consisting of separate interconnected parts

Synonyms:
complex
complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts

n a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts

Synonyms:
complex
Types:
hybrid
a composite of mixed origin
syndrome
a complex of concurrent things
Type of:
whole
all of something including all its component elements or parts
2

n considered the most highly evolved dicotyledonous plants, characterized by florets arranged in dense heads that resemble single flowers

Synonyms:
composite plant
Types:
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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
cudweed
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
strawflower
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:
flower
a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms

adj of or relating to or belonging to the plant family Compositae

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