Turnsole meaning

tûrn'sōl'
Any of various plants that move or are believed to move in response to the sun, especially the Mediterranean species Chrozophora tinctoria.
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Any of a number of plants whose flowers supposedly turn with the sun, as the sunflower and heliotrope.
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The heliotrope; so named because its flowers are supposed to turn toward the sun.
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A kind of spurge (Euphorbia helioscopia).
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The euphorbiaceous plant Chrozophora tinctoria.
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A purple dye obtained from Chrozophora tinctoria.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Origin of turnsole

  • Middle English turnesole dye made from C. tinctoria from Old French tournesol from Old Italian tornasole tornare to turn (from Latin tornāre turn) sole sun (from Latin sōl sāwel- in Indo-European roots)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • French tournesol
    From Wiktionary