helichrysum

helichrysum

[hel-i-krahy-suhm, hee-li-]
noun
any of the numerous composite plants of the genus Helichrysum, having alternate leaves and solitary or clustered flower heads, including the strawflower.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin, neuter noun based on Greek helíchrȳsos a plant, probably of this genus, equivalent to heli- (perhaps by haplology from heliko- helico-) + chrȳsós gold

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helichrysum (ˌhɛlɪˈkraɪzəm)
 
n
any plant of the widely cultivated genus Helichrysum, whose flowers retain their shape and colour when dried: family Asteraceae (composites)
 
[C16: from Latin, from Greek helikhrusos, from helix spiral + khrusos gold]

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