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hel·le·bore

 (hĕl′ə-bôr′)
n.
1. Any of various plants of the genus Helleborus of the buttercup family, native to Eurasia, most species of which are poisonous.
2. Any of various plants of the genus Veratrum, especially V. viride of North America, having large leaves and greenish flowers and yielding toxic alkaloids used medicinally. Also called false hellebore, veratrum.

[Middle English ellebre, from Old French, from Latin elleborus, from Greek helleboros : perhaps hellos, fawn + -boros, eaten (from bibrōskein, to eat).]

hellebore

(ˈhɛlɪˌbɔː)
n
1. (Plants) 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. (Plants) 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
[C14: from Greek helleboros, of uncertain origin]

hel•le•bore

(ˈhɛl əˌbɔr, -ˌboʊr)

n.
1. any poisonous plant of the genus Helleborus, of the buttercup family, having basal leaves and clusters of flowers.
2. any poisonous plant of the genus Veratrum, of the lily family.
3. any of the poisonous or medicinal substances obtained from these plants.
[1555–65; < Greek helléboros]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hellebore - perennial herbs of the lily family having thick toxic rhizomeshellebore - perennial herbs of the lily family having thick toxic rhizomes
liliaceous plant - plant growing from a bulb or corm or rhizome or tuber
genus Veratrum, Veratrum - a genus of coarse poisonous perennial herbs; sometimes placed in subfamily Melanthiaceae
American hellebore, bugbane, Indian poke, Veratrum viride, white hellebore - North American plant having large leaves and yellowish green flowers growing in racemes; yields a toxic alkaloid used medicinally
2.hellebore - any plant of the Eurasian genus Helleborus
genus Helleborus, Helleborus - a genus of Helleborus
bear's foot, Helleborus foetidus, setterwort, stinking hellebore - digitate-leaved hellebore with an offensive odor and irritant qualities when taken internally
Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, winter rose, black hellebore - European evergreen plant with white or purplish rose-like winter-blooming flowers
black hellebore, Helleborus orientalis, lenten rose - slightly hairy perennial having deep green leathery leaves and flowers that are ultimately purplish-green
green hellebore, Helleborus viridis - deciduous plant with large deep green pedate leaves and nodding saucer-shaped green flowers
poisonous plant - a plant that when touched or ingested in sufficient quantity can be harmful or fatal to an organism
Translations
NieswurzSchneerose
ciemiernik

hellebore

[ˈhelɪbɔːʳ] Neléboro m

hellebore

n (Bot) → Nieswurz f

hellebore

n (bot) eléboro
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But she does not go unprovided; she has hellebore at the bottom of the cup.
Going along the narrow path to a little uncut meadow covered on one side with thick clumps of brilliant heart's-ease among which stood up here and there tall, dark green tufts of hellebore, Levin settled his guests in the dense, cool shade of the young aspens on a bench and some stumps purposely put there for visitors to the bee house who might be afraid of the bees, and he went off himself to the hut to get bread, cucumbers, and fresh honey, to regale them with.
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Hellebore grower and expert Jill Pearce, of award-winning Ashwood Nurseries in the West Midlands, famed for its Ashwood Garden Hybrids, says that the hybrids are perfect for beginners.
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In the fading light of a February afternoon, nodding heads of richly hued hellebore blossoms dance atop sturdy stems.
Thus, the ancient physicians prescribed hellebore as a specific against madness, and so we are told by Levi D'Ancona that this plant symbolizes madness, pazzia in Italian, and hence appears in the Primavera as a device identifying Flora as a Pazzi.
Prune roses while dormant and as hellebore flowers emerge, remove the old foliage, which looks a bit raggedy now.
Susan Barnes, by email - Susan Barnes, by email AYOUR hellebore is a form of the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger.