What is the difference between Mums and Marigolds?

The difference between mums and marigolds

is that "mums" is mother and "marigolds" is any of the Old World plants, of the genus Calendula, with orange, yellow or reddish flowers.




  • (Britain, Australia, New England, Canada, informal) Mother.
  • (dated, colloquial) ma’am; a term of respect for an older woman.


  • mother


  • ‘Ooh Mum, Auntie don′t allow smokin’ – Pat′s eyes were round with awe as Mum struck a match.
  • Her mum says that she is deaf and only partially sighted, so I need to go and stand in front of her, so she can see the gift.
  • “Mum! Mum!" he shouted out. The laughter stopped. Two bright, sparkling yellow eyes peeped from the hollow. Atop her head were the fluffy ear tufts that his mum was so proud of because they were fuller and lovelier than those of most Great Horned Owls. It was indeed his mum!
  • He′s looking at my mum, at her swollen eyes, busted nose and bloodied lips. She′s mashed up something chronic, and the man who did this to her is my dad.
  • “Wy, mum," said Mr. Weller, “I don′t think you′ll see a many sich, and that′s the truth. But if my son Samivel vould give me my vay, mum, and dis-pense with his—might I wenter to say the vurd?"
  • “What word Mr Weller?" said the housekeeper, blushing slightly.
  • “Petticuts, mum," returned that gentleman, laying his had upon the garments of his grandson. “If my son Samivel vould only dis-pense vith these here, you′d see sich a alteration in his appearance, as the imagination can′t depicter!"
  • Then she took off the hank and looked me straight in the face, and very pleasant, and says:
  • “Come, now, what′s your real name?
  • “Wh — what, mum?"
  • “What′s your real name? Is it Bill, or Tom, or Bob? — Or what is it?"


  • Any of the Old World plants, of the genus Calendula, with orange, yellow or reddish flowers.
  • Any of the New World plants, of the genus Tagetes, with orange, yellow or reddish flowers.
  • Alternative form of Marigold (rubber glove for cleaning)


  • A piece of marigold or bay leaf was imbedded in the metal, and over it a carbuncle or chrysolite was placed.


  • Having the color of marigolds, a bright yellowish-orange hue.