chelone

noun
che·​lo·​ne | \ keˈlōnē \

Definition of chelone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 capitalized : a small genus of perennial herbs (family Scrophulariaceae) of the eastern U.S. having serrate leaves and large white or purple flowers in nearly sessile spikes
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Chelone

called also turtlehead

Chelone

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Definition of Chelone (Entry 2 of 2)

taxonomic synonym of chelonia:2

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History and Etymology for chelone

Noun

borrowed from New Latin (Linnaeus), borrowed from Greek chelṓnē “tortoise, land turtle,” derivative from a base chel-y- (whence chélȳs “tortoise”), perhaps going back to Indo-European *gheluH- or *ghelH-u-, whence Church Slavic (eastern) žely, genitive želŭve “tortoise,” Polish żółw, Slovene žêlva

borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from Greek chelṓnē “tortoise, land turtle”

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“Chelone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chelone. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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