helonias

noun
he·​lo·​ni·​as | \ hə̇ˈlōnēəs \

Definition of helonias

1 capitalized : a genus of bog herbs (family Melanthaceae) of the northeastern U.S. with basal leaves and purple racemose perfect flowers on a tall scape — see swamp pink
2 plural -es : the dried rhizome and roots of a blazing star (Chamaelirium luteum) formerly used as a vermifuge

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History and Etymology for helonias

New Latin, irregular from helo- + -ia

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“Helonias.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/helonias. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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