ele·​cam·​pane | \ ˌe-li-ˌkam-ˈpān How to pronounce elecampane (audio) \

Definition of elecampane

: a large coarse Eurasian composite herb (Inula helenium) that has yellow ray flowers and is naturalized in the U.S.

Examples of elecampane in a Sentence

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First Known Use of elecampane

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for elecampane

Middle English elena campana, from Medieval Latin enula campana, literally, field elecampane, from inula, enula elecampane + campana of the field

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“Elecampane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elecampane. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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ele·​cam·​pane | \ ˌel-i-ˌkam-ˈpān How to pronounce elecampane (audio) \

Medical Definition of elecampane

1 : a large coarse European composite herb of the genus Inula (I. helenium) that has yellow ray flowers, is naturalized in the United States, and is the source of the stimulant inula


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