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(Plants) any plant of the hardy N American genus Chelone, grown for its white, rose, or purple flower spikes: family Scrophulariaceae
[New Latin, from Greek chelōnē a tortoise, from a fancied resemblance between a tortoise's head and the shape of the flower]
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|Noun||1.||Chelone - herbaceous perennials: shellflower|
asterid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous herbs and some trees and shrubs
family Scrophulariaceae, figwort family, foxglove family, Scrophulariaceae - a family of dicotyledonous plants of the order Polemoniales; includes figwort and snapdragon and foxglove and toadflax and speedwell and mullein; in some classifications placed in the order Scrophulariales