hellebore

noun
hel·​le·​bore | \ ˈhe-lə-ˌbȯr How to pronounce hellebore (audio) \

Definition of hellebore

1 : any of a genus (Helleborus) of poisonous Eurasian herbs of the buttercup family having showy flowers with petaloid sepals also : the dried rhizome of a hellebore (such as H. niger) formerly used in medicine
2 : a poisonous herb (genus Veratrum) of the lily family also : the dried rhizome of a hellebore (V. album or V. viride) that is used as an insecticide and contains toxic alkaloids that are cardiac and respiratory depressants

Examples of hellebore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Black/Brown Dark tulips, nasturtiums, chocolate lace, and hellebore will all go straight to your emo goth’s heart. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Roses Are Dead, Violets Are Too: Here’s a Better Way to Bouquet," 12 Feb. 2020 Roses, hellebores and thistle are massed on her dining table and sideboard in delicate purple, navy and cream. Jura Koncius, chicagotribune.com, "This fall, drop the decor cliches," 31 Oct. 2019 Roses, hellebores and thistle are massed on her dining table and sideboard in delicate purple, navy and cream. Jura Koncius, chicagotribune.com, "This fall, drop the decor cliches," 31 Oct. 2019 Roses, hellebores and thistle are massed on her dining table and sideboard in delicate purple, navy and cream. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, "How to elevate your autumn decor beyond the cliches (no scarecrows or haybales allowed)," 30 Oct. 2019 No garden should be without hellebores or a daphne or two, winterberry hollies and witch hazels. Washington Post, "The winter garden is full of promise and productivity. Don’t let it go to waste.," 20 Nov. 2019 Instead plant shade-tolerant perennial geranium, lady’s mantle, hellebore, bleeding heart, coral bell, hydrangea, begonia, annual lobelia, astilbe, and Japanese anemone. Boston.com Real Estate, "Ask the Gardener: Tips for ridding your lawn of creeping Charlie," 21 Aug. 2019 One of the best one-two punches in the garden world, hellebores bloom from late December through April and come in a wide range of colors. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "When you see hellebore blooms in your garden, you know spring is here," 16 Mar. 2018 Other perennials, bulbs and ground covers: Bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis); sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum); snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis); hellebore (Helleborus); barrenwort (Epimedium); daylily (Hemerocallis); daffodil (Narcissus). Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Many plants die when grown near black walnut trees. These are the ones that survive.," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of hellebore

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hellebore

Middle English elebre, from Anglo-French, from Latin elleborus, helleborus, from Greek helleboros

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“Hellebore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hellebore. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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hellebore

noun
hel·​le·​bore | \ ˈhel-ə-ˌbō(ə)r, -ˌbȯ(ə)r How to pronounce hellebore (audio) \

Medical Definition of hellebore

1a : any herb of the genus Helleborus
b : the dried roots and rhizome of any medicinal herb of the genus Helleborus (as black hellebore H. niger or green hellebore H. viridis) or a powder or extract of this used by the ancient Greeks and Romans in treating mental and other disorders
2a : any of several poisonous herbs of the genus Veratrum
b : the dried rhizome and roots of either of two hellebores of the genus Veratrum (the false hellebore V. viride of America and V. album of Europe) or a powder or extract of this containing alkaloids (as protoveratrine) used as a cardiac and respiratory depressant and also as an insecticide

called also veratrum, white hellebore

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