turnsol
Turnsole Turn"sole`, n. [F. tournesol, It. tornasole; tornare to turn (LL. tornare) + sole the sun, L. sol. See {Turn}, {Solar}, a., and cf. {Heliotrope}.] [Written also {turnsol}.] 1. (Bot.) (a) A plant of the genus {Heliotropium}; heliotrope; -- so named because its flowers are supposed to turn toward the sun. (b) The sunflower. (c) A kind of spurge ({Euphorbia Helioscopia}). (d) The euphorbiaceous plant {Chrozophora tinctoria}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Chem.) (a) Litmus. [Obs.] (b) A purple dye obtained from the plant turnsole. See def. 1 (d) . [1913 Webster]


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  • Chrozophora tinctoria — Turnsole Turn sole , n. [F. tournesol, It. tornasole; tornare to turn (LL. tornare) + sole the sun, L. sol. See {Turn}, {Solar}, a., and cf. {Heliotrope}.] [Written also {turnsol}.] 1. (Bot.) (a) A plant of the genus {Heliotropium}; heliotrope;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Euphorbia Helioscopia — Turnsole Turn sole , n. [F. tournesol, It. tornasole; tornare to turn (LL. tornare) + sole the sun, L. sol. See {Turn}, {Solar}, a., and cf. {Heliotrope}.] [Written also {turnsol}.] 1. (Bot.) (a) A plant of the genus {Heliotropium}; heliotrope;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Turnsole — Turn sole , n. [F. tournesol, It. tornasole; tornare to turn (LL. tornare) + sole the sun, L. sol. See {Turn}, {Solar}, a., and cf. {Heliotrope}.] [Written also {turnsol}.] 1. (Bot.) (a) A plant of the genus {Heliotropium}; heliotrope; so named… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tournesol — (fr., spr. Turnsol), die Sonnenblume, Lackmuspflanze; daher Tournesolläppchen (Bezetten), mit einem blauen Farbstost getränkte Lumpen, welche schon seit Jahrhunderten zu Grand Gallargues in Südfrankreich gefertigt, jetzt nur noch in Holland zum… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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