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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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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.
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symbol of lovers’ faithfulness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 174]
effective if drunk with proper invocations. [Medieval Folklore: Boland, 43]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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
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