Helleborine meaning

hĕlə-bə-rīn, hə-lĕə-rĭn
Any of various orchids chiefly of the genus Epipactis, especially E. helleborine of Eurasia, having small greenish or purplish flowers and widely naturalized in North America.
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(obsolete) A taxonomic genus within the family Orchidaceae — a formerly recognized genus now absorbed into Epipactis and other genera.
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Origin of helleborine

  • Latin elleborinē from Greek elleboros Ionic dialectal variant of helleboros hellebore (from the resemblance of the orchids' flowers to those of Veratrum album the white hellebore) hellebore -inē feminine of -inos -ine, adj. suff.

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