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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  • turnsole — [tʉrn′sōl΄] n. [ME turnesole < MFr tournesol < It tornasole or Sp tornasol < tornar(e), to TURN + sol(e), sun: see SOL1] 1. any of a number of plants whose flowers supposedly turn with the sun, as the sunflower and heliotrope 2. a) a… …   English World dictionary

  • Turnsole — The dyestuff folium or turnsole, prepared from the annual plant Crozophora tinctoria ( dyers crook carrier , from its use and the curved tip of its spike of florets), was a mainstay of medieval manuscript illuminators from the development of the… …   Wikipedia

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  • turnsole — /terrn sohl /, n. 1. any of several plants regarded as turning with the movement of the sun. 2. heliotrope (def. 2). 3. a European plant, Chrozophora tinctoria, of the spurge family, yielding a purple dye. 4. the purple dye prepared from this… …   Universalium

  • turnsole — noun A purple dye obtained from Chrozophora tinctoria …   Wiktionary

  • turnsole — noun a Mediterranean plant whose flowers are said to turn with the sun, and from which a blue or purple dye was formerly obtained. [Chrozophora tinctoria.] Origin ME: from OFr. tournesole, based on L. tornare (see turn) + sol sun …   English new terms dictionary

  • turnsole — n. 1. Heliotrope. 2. Litmus …   New dictionary of synonyms

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