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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.
A plant whose flower or stem turns toward the sun.
An instrument that reflects the sun's rays over long distances; used in geodetic surveys.
symbol of lovers’ faithfulness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 174]
effective if drunk with proper invocations. [Medieval Folklore: Boland, 43]
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
a. a bluish-violet to purple colour
b. (as adjective): a heliotrope dress
5. another name for bloodstone