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heliotrope

(hē`lēətrōp') [Gr.,=sun-turning] or

turnsole,

name for any plant that turns to face the sun, especially members of the genus Heliotropium of the family Boraginaceae. The garden heliotrope is a valerian, and the winter heliotrope, or sweet coltsfoot, is a composite.
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heliotrope

[′hē·lē·ə‚trōp]
(botany)
A plant whose flower or stem turns toward the sun.
(engineering)
An instrument that reflects the sun's rays over long distances; used in geodetic surveys.
(mineralogy)
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

heliotrope

symbol of lovers’ faithfulness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 174]

heliotrope

effective if drunk with proper invocations. [Medieval Folklore: Boland, 43]
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heliotrope

1. any boraginaceous plant of the genus Heliotropium, esp the South American H. arborescens, cultivated for its small fragrant purple flowers
2. garden heliotrope a widely cultivated valerian, Valeriana officinalis, with clusters of small pink, purple, or white flowers
3. any of various plants that turn towards the sun
4. 
a. a bluish-violet to purple colour
b. (as adjective): a heliotrope dress
5. another name for bloodstone
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Winter Heliotrope ydi'r enw Saesneg arnyn nhw am eu bod yn blodeuo yng nghanol y gaeaf.
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Plant heliotrope or mignonette in late summer, to bloom in the greenhouse in late winter.
Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens) Though the purple varieties are more common, the white-flowered form is the most fragrant.
Heliotrope flower is the essence of the fragrance, blooming with a feminine strength.
Hypnotic Poison Eau Sensuelle (from pounds 46) is packed with seductive jasmine sambac and heliotrope.
Heliotrope and hyacinth, geranium, fuchsia, and the ravishing purple gentian.
Two nectar-producing plants sympatric with the sootywing along the lower Colorado River Valley are heliotrope, Heliotropium curassavicum L.
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Accompanied by dithering governess Miss Heliotrope (Stevenson), Maria arrives at the estate carrying her inheritance: a leather-bound copy of The Ancient Chronicles Of Moonacre Valley, which reveals her family's dark history including the doomed marriage of Sir Wrolf Merryweather (also played by Gruffudd) and the Moon Princess (McElhone).
The concept, called Heliotrope, is derived from the way sunflowers point their heads toward the sun through the expansion and contraction of cells within their stalks.