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Meaning of HELLEBORE

Pronunciation:  'helu`bowr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any plant of the Eurasian genus Helleborus
  2. [n]  perennial herbs of the lily family having thick toxic rhizomes

HELLEBORE is a 9 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: false hellebore
 See Also: American hellebore, bear's foot, black hellebore, bugbane, Christmas rose, genus Helleborus, genus Veratrum, green hellebore, Helleborus, Helleborus foetidus, Helleborus niger, Helleborus orientalis, Helleborus viridis, Indian poke, lenten rose, liliaceous plant, poisonous plant, setterwort, stinking hellebore, Veratrum, Veratrum viride, white hellebore, winter rose



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Hel"le*bore\, n. [L. helleborus, elleborus, Gr. ?, ?;
cf. F. hell['e]bore, ell['e]bore.]
1. (Bot.) A genus of perennial herbs ({Helleborus}) of the
   Crowfoot family, mostly having powerfully cathartic and
   even poisonous qualities. {H. niger} is the European black
   hellebore, or Christmas rose, blossoming in winter or
   earliest spring. {H. officinalis} was the officinal
   hellebore of the ancients.

2. (Bot.) Any plant of several species of the poisonous
   liliaceous genus {Veratrum}, especially {V. album} and {V.
   viride}, both called {white hellebore}.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A plant belonging to the genus Helleborus. It is a type of buttercup with leaves at the base of the plant and flowers in clusters. Some species contain the organic chemical helleborein, which is used as a heart stimulant.