helenium

noun he·le·ni·um \hə̇ˈlēnēəm\

Definition of helenium

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of American herbs (family Compositae) with heads of yellow-rayed flowers and truncate-style branches — see sneezeweed 1

  2. 2 plural -s :  any plant of the genus Helenium

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Origin and Etymology of helenium

New Latin, from Latin, a plant, elecampane, from Greek helenion, perhaps from helenē wicker basket; akin to Greek helix (adjective) twisted, (noun) spiral, anything of spiral shape, helissein to turn, wind, eilein to wind, roll, eilyein to enfold, enwrap — more at voluble


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