heliotrope[hē′lē ə trōp′; also, chiefly Brit, hel′ē ə-]
- Obsolete a sunflower or other plant whose flowers turn to face the sun
- any of a genus (Heliotropium) of plants of the borage family, with fragrant clusters of small, white or reddish-purple flowers
- garden heliotrope
- reddish purple
- a kind of heliograph (sense ) used in surveying
Origin: Fr héliotrope < L heliotropium < Gr hēliotropion < hēlios, the sun (see Helios) + base of trepein, to turn (see trope)
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- a. Any of several plants of the genus Heliotropium, especially H. arborescens, native to Peru and having small, highly fragrant purplish flowers. Also called turnsole.b. The garden heliotrope.c. Any of various plants that turn toward the sun.
- See bloodstone.
- A moderate, light, or brilliant violet to moderate or deep reddish purple.
Origin: Middle English elitrope (from Old English eliotropus) and French héliotrope, both from Latin hēliotropium, from Greek hēliotropion : hēlio-, helio- + tropos, turn; see trope.
- heˈli·o·tropeˌ adjective