turtle head's


any of several North American plants belonging to the genus Chelone, of the figwort family, having opposite, serrated leaves and spikes of purple or white, two-lipped flowers.

1855–60, Americanism; turtle1 + head, so called from the appearance of its flower

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showy perennial of marshlands of eastern and central North America having waxy lanceolate leaves and flower with lower part creamy white and upper parts pale pink to deep purple [syn: shellflower
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