Hellebore meaning

hĕlə-bôr
Any of various plants of the genus Helleborus of the buttercup family, native to Eurasia, most species of which are poisonous.
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Any of various plants of the genus Veratrum, especially V. viride of North America, having large leaves and greenish flowers and yielding toxic alkaloids used medicinally.
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Any of a genus (Helleborus) of poisonous, winter-blooming plants of the buttercup family, with buttercuplike flowers of various colors: the rhizomes of a black European species (H. niger) were formerly used as a heart stimulant and cathartic.
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Any of a genus (Veratrum) of poisonous plants of the lily family: the white hellebore (V. album) and the false hellebore (V. viride) were formerly used as cathartics, etc.
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Any of various plants of the genus Helleborus of the buttercup family, native to Eurasia, most species of which are poisonous.
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A common garden flowering plant, Helleborus in family Ranunculaceae, having supposed medicinal properties.
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Origin of hellebore

  • Middle English ellebre from Old French from Latin elleborus from Greek helleboros perhaps hellos fawn -boros eaten (from bibrōskein to eat)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English ellebore, from Old French ellebre, elebore, from Medieval Latin eleborus, via Latin from Ancient Greek ἑλλέβορος (helleboros). Initial h was restored in English to reflect the Ancient Greek etymology.

    From Wiktionary