a tall, hairy European perennial plant (Inula helenium) of the composite family, having flower heads with many slender, yellow rays: naturalized in the NE U.S.
Origin of elecampaneMiddle English elena campana, altered from Medieval Latin enula campana from Classical Latin inula (altered by metathesis from Classical Greek helenion, probably from Helen?, daughter of Zeus) + campana ( from campus, field: see campus)
A tall coarse plant (Inula helenium) in the composite family, native to Eurasia, having rayed yellow flower heads and aromatic roots formerly used medicinally.
Origin of elecampaneMiddle English elecampana Old English elene ( from Medieval Latin enula ) ( from Latin inula ) ( from Greek helenion ) ( from Helenē Helen ; see Helen. )Medieval Latin campāna of the field ( from Latin campānea ) ( feminine of campāneus ) ( from campus field ; see campus. )