(obs.) 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.
A moderate, light, or brilliant violet to moderate or deep reddish purple.
Origin of heliotrope
- Middle English elitrope (from Old English eliotropus) French héliotrope both from Latin hēliotropium from Greek hēliotropion hēlio- helio- tropos turn trope
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From French héliotrope, from Ancient Greek ἡλιοτρόπιον (hēliotropion), from ἥλιος (hēlios, “sun”) + τρέπω (trepō, “turn”).