heliotrope

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he·lio·trope

noun \ˈhē-lē-ə-ˌtrōp, ˈhēl-yə-, British also ˈhel-yə-\

Definition of HELIOTROPE

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:  any of a genus (Heliotropium) of herbs or shrubs of the borage family — compare garden heliotrope
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:  a variable color averaging a moderate to reddish purple

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Origin of HELIOTROPE

Latin heliotropium, from Greek hēliotropion, from hēlio- 1heli- + tropos turn; from its flowers' turning toward the sun — more at trope
First Known Use: 1605

heliotrope

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Garden heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens)—Walter Dawn

Any of about 250 species of tropical or temperate, mostly herbaceous, plants that make up the genus Heliotropium, in the borage family, found throughout the world. Included are many weedy species. The best known is garden heliotrope (H. arborescens), a shrubby perennial that bears fragrant, purple to white, flat-clustered, five-lobed flowers in coiled sprays, similar to forget-me-nots.

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