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hellebore

[hel-uh-bawr, -bohr] /ˈhɛl əˌbɔr, -ˌboʊr/
noun
1.
any of several plants of the genus Helleborus, of the buttercup family, having basal leaves and clusters of flowers, especially H. niger, the Christmas rose.
2.
any of various plants of the genus Veratrum.
Compare false hellebore.
3.
any of several poisonous or medicinal substances obtained from these plants.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Greek helléboros; replacing earlier ellebor(e), Middle English el(l)bre, etc. < Latin elleborus < Greek
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  • The author that thinks himself weather-bound will find, with a little help from hellebore, that he is only idle or exhausted.
British Dictionary definitions for hellebore

hellebore

/ˈhɛlɪˌbɔː/
noun
1.
any plant of the Eurasian ranunculaceous genus Helleborus, esp H. niger (black hellebore), typically having showy flowers and poisonous parts See also Christmas rose
2.
any of various liliaceous plants of the N temperate genus Veratrum, esp V. album, that have greenish flowers and yield alkaloids used in the treatment of heart disease
Word Origin
C14: from Greek helleboros, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for hellebore
n.

late 14c., from Old French ellebore, from Latin elleborus, from Greek helleboros, perhaps meaning "plant eaten by fawns," from Greek ellos/hellos "fawn" + bora "food of beasts," from bibroskein "to eat," from PIE root *gwere- "to swallow." Among the ancients, the name given to various plants of both poisonous and medicinal qualities, reputed to cure madness.

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