Hellebore Hel"le*bore, n. [L. helleborus, elleborus, Gr. ?, ?; cf. F. hell['e]bore, ell['e]bore.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) A genus of perennial herbs ({Helleborus}) of the Crowfoot family, mostly having powerfully cathartic and even poisonous qualities. {Helleborus niger} is the European black hellebore, or Christmas rose, blossoming in winter or earliest spring. {Helleborus officinalis} was the officinal hellebore of the ancients. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) Any plant of several species of the poisonous liliaceous genus {Veratrum}, especially {Veratrum album} and {Veratrum viride}, both called {white hellebore}. [1913 Webster]

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  • hellebore — [hel′ə bôr΄] n. [altered (after Gr) < ME ellebore < OFr < L helleborus < Gr helleboros, orig. prob. “plant eaten by fawns” < hellos, var. of ellos, fawn < base of elaphos, deer + bora, food (of beasts): for IE base see ELK &… …   English World dictionary

  • hellebore — late 14c., from O.Fr. ellebore, from L. elleborus, from Gk. helleboros, perhaps meaning plant eaten by fawns, from Gk. ellos/hellos fawn + bora food of beasts, from bibroskein to eat, from PIE root *gwere to swallow. Among the ancients, the name… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Hellebore — Taxobox name = Hellebore image width = 240px image caption = Helleborus niger , the so called Christmas rose , in the wild regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Ranunculales familia = Ranunculaceae genus =… …   Wikipedia

  • Hellébore — Nom vernaculaire ou nom normalisé ambigu : Le terme « Hellébore » s applique en français à plusieurs taxons distincts. Hellébore …   Wikipédia en Français

  • hellébore — ellébore [ elebɔr; ɛllebɔr ] n. m. VAR. hellébore • mil. XIIIe; lat. d o. gr. helleborus ♦ Plante herbacée (renonculacées), vivace, dont la racine a des propriétés purgatives et vermifuges, qui passait autrefois pour guérir la folie. Ellébore… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • hellebore — /hel euh bawr , bohr /, n. 1. any of several plants of the genus Helleborus, of the buttercup family, having basal leaves and clusters of flowers, esp. H. niger, the Christmas rose. 2. any of various plants of the genus Veratrum. Cf. false… …   Universalium

  • hellebore — A plant of the genus Helleborus, especially H. niger (black h.). SEE ALSO: Veratrum album, Veratrum viride. [G. helleboros] false h. SYN: adonis. * * * hel·le·bore hel ə .bō(ə)r, .bȯ(ə)r n 1 a) any herb of the genus Helleborus b) the dried roots …   Medical dictionary

  • hellebore — noun Etymology: Middle English elebre, from Anglo French, from Latin elleborus, helleborus, from Greek helleboros Date: 15th century 1. any of a genus (Helleborus) of poisonous Eurasian herbs of the buttercup family having showy flowers with… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hellebore — /ˈhɛləbɔ/ (say heluhbaw) noun 1. any plant of the genus Helleborus, especially H. niger (black hellebore), a European herb with showy flowers; Christmas rose; winter rose. 2. any of the coarse herbs constituting the genus Veratrum, as V. album… …   Australian English dictionary

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