chelone

noun che·lo·ne \keˈlōnē\

Definition of chelone

  1. 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. 2 plural -s :  any plant of the genus Chelone —called also turtlehead

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Origin and Etymology of chelone

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


Chelone

che·lo·ne \"\

Definition of Chelone

  1. taxonomic synonym of 2chelonia

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Origin and Etymology of chelone

borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from Greek chelṓnē “tortoise, land turtle” — more at chelone


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