Heliotrope meaning

hēlē-ə-trōp
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(obs.) A sunflower or other plant whose flowers turn to face the sun.
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Any of a genus (Heliotropium) of plants of the borage family, with fragrant clusters of small, white or reddish-purple flowers.
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(botany) A plant that turns so that it faces the sun.
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A moderate, light, or brilliant violet to moderate or deep reddish purple.
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Reddish purple.
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A kind of heliograph used in surveying.
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Reddish-purple.
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(botany) Particularly, a purple-flowered plant of the species Heliotropium arborescens.
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A light purple or violet colour.

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The fragrance of heliotrope flowers.
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(mineralogy) A bloodstone (a variety of quartz).
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(surveying) An instrument, employed in triangulation, that uses a mirror to reflect sunlight toward another, very distant, surveyor.
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Light purple or violet.
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Keeping one’s face turned toward the sun.
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(direction): heliotropic.
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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”).

    From Wiktionary