turnsole

noun
turn·​sole | \ ˈtərnˌsōl \
plural -s

Definition of turnsole

1 : any of several plants whose flowers or stems are supposed to follow the movement of the sun:
d : a double-flowered tulip (Tulipa suaveolens) of southern Russia
2 : a European annual herb (Chrozophora tinctoria) of the family Euphorbiaceae the juice of which is turned blue by ammonia
3a : a purple dye obtained from the turnsole (see turnsole sense 2)
b : litmus

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History and Etymology for turnsole

Middle English turnesole, from Middle French tournesol, from Old Italian tornasole, from tornare to turn (from Medieval Latin) + sole sun, from Latin sol (accusative solem)

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“Turnsole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnsole. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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