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heliotrope

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noun he·lio·trope \ˈhē-lē-ə-ˌtrōp, ˈhēl-yə-, British also ˈhel-yə-\

Definition of heliotrope

  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Heliotropium) of herbs or shrubs of the borage family — compare garden heliotrope

  2. 2 :  bloodstone

  3. 3 :  a variable color averaging a moderate to reddish purple



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Origin and Etymology 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


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