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.
Webster's New World
- Inula helenium
Other Word Forms of Elecampane
Origin of Elecampane
Middle English elecampana Old English elene (from Medieval Latin enula) (from Latin inula) (from Greek helenion) (from Helenē Helen Helen) Medieval Latin campāna of the field (from Latin campānea) (feminine of campāneus) (from campus field)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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