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A tall coarse plant (Inula helenium) in the composite family, native to Eurasia, having rayed yellow flower heads and aromatic roots formerly used medicinally.

[Middle English elecampana : Old English elene (from Medieval Latin enula, from Latin inula, from Greek helenion, from Helenē, Helen; see Helen) + Medieval Latin campāna, of the field (from Latin campānea, feminine of campāneus, from campus, field; see campus).]
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(Plants) a perennial flowering plant, Inula helenium, of Europe, Asia, and North America having large hairy leaves and narrow yellow petals: family Asteraceae (composites)
[C16: from Medieval Latin enula campãna, from enula (from Greek helenion) + campãnus of the field]
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(ˌɛl ɪ kæmˈpeɪn)

a composite weed, Inula helenium, having large yellow flowers and aromatic leaves and root.
[1350–1400; Middle English, = Old English ele(ne), eolone (<Latin inula elecampane) + Middle English campane < Medieval Latin campāna, derivative of campus field]
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Noun1.elecampane - tall coarse Eurasian herb having daisylike yellow flowers with narrow petals whose rhizomatous roots are used medicinallyelecampane - tall coarse Eurasian herb having daisylike yellow flowers with narrow petals whose rhizomatous roots are used medicinally
inula - any plant of the genus Inula
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