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helianthus

[hee-lee-an-thuh s] /ˌhi liˈæn θəs/
noun, plural helianthuses.
1.
any composite plant of the genus Helianthus, comprising the sunflowers.
Origin of helianthus
1770-1780
1770-80; < New Latin; see heli-1, -anthous
Related forms
helianthaceous
[hee-lee-uh n-they-shuh s] /ˌhi li ənˈθeɪ ʃəs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • Yonder is golden yellow, where the helianthus turns her dial-like face to the sun.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • There are many kinds of helianthus, natives of the New World.

  • If it was a bee, we should find some of his companions roaming about among the blossoms of the helianthus.

    The Desert Home Mayne Reid
  • The eggs are laid in clusters upon the leaves of helianthus.

    The Butterfly Book William Jacob Holland
  • There was about an acre of clear ground, covered with grass and flowers, among which helianthus and blue lupines were conspicuous.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • The Sunflower, helianthus, is supposed to emit gases that destroy miasma.

    Cultus Arborum Anonymous
  • This last is a species of the helianthus, or sunflower genus of the Syngenesia frustranea class of plants.

    Gryll Grange Thomas Love Peacock
  • Several species of helianthus have a tendency to produce similar fleshy tubers at the top of the roots.

  • So we never met, though she wrote me much about herself and about "helianthus," which was printed after her death.

    Alone Norman Douglas
  • Peonies come up year after year, iris takes care of itself, helianthus or perennial sunflower bobs up each year.

British Dictionary definitions for helianthus

helianthus

/ˌhiːlɪˈænθəs/
noun (pl) -thuses
1.
any plant of the genus Helianthus, such as the sunflower and Jerusalem artichoke, typically having large yellow daisy-like flowers with yellow, brown, or purple centres: family Asteraceae (composites)
Word Origin
C18: New Latin, from Greek hēlios sun + anthos flower
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