- any of a genus (Echinacea) of North American plants of the composite family, esp. a coneflower (E. purpurea) with purple flowers
- a medicinal herb made from the roots, leaves, etc. of certain of these plants
See echinacea in American Heritage Dictionary 4
- Any of several coneflowers of the genus Echinacea, having usually pinkish-purple ray flowers.
- The roots, seeds, or other parts of such a plant, used in herbal medicine.
Origin: New Latin Echīnācea, genus name
Origin: , from Latin echīnus, sea urchin (from its rough leaves); see echinus
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