Definition of Hellebore

1. Noun. Perennial herbs of the lily family having thick toxic rhizomes.

Exact synonyms: False Hellebore
Generic synonyms: Liliaceous Plant
Group relationships: Genus Veratrum, Veratrum
Specialized synonyms: American Hellebore, Bugbane, Indian Poke, Veratrum Viride, White Hellebore



2. Noun. Any plant of the Eurasian genus Helleborus.

Definition of Hellebore

1. n. A genus of perennial herbs (Helleborus) of the Crowfoot family, mostly having powerfully cathartic and even poisonous qualities. H. niger is the European black hellebore, or Christmas rose, blossoming in winter or earliest spring. H. officinalis was the officinal hellebore of the ancients.

Definition of Hellebore

1. Noun. A common garden flowering plant, ''Ranunculaceae helleborus'', having supposed medicinal properties. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Hellebore

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Medical Definition of Hellebore

1. A plant belonging to the genus Helleborus. It is a type of buttercup with leaves at the base of the plant and flowers in clusters. Some species contain the organic chemical helleborein, which is used as a heart stimulant. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hellebore

hellbent
hellbound
hellbox
hellboxes
hellbred
hellbrewed
hellbroth
hellbroths
hellburner
hellburners
hellcat
hellcats
helldiver
helldivers
helldoomed
hellebore (current term)
helleborein
hellebores
helleborin
helleborine
helleborines
helleborism
helleborus
helled
hellenization
hellenizations
hellenize
hellenized
hellenizes
hellenizing

Literary usage of Hellebore

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1. On Poisons in Relation to Medical Jurisprudence and Medicine by Alfred Swaine Taylor (1875)
"Ì There are several species of hellebore, but the two plants which are most commonly used as poisons under this name, are the black and white hellebore. ..."

2. Rural Affairs by John Jacob Thomas (1881)
"For some insects a sprinkling of powdered white hellebore will destroy or disperse them, the plants being previously well moistened. ..."

3. A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry by Thomas Edward Thorpe (1921)
"... the latter acid is extracted by ether (Wright and Luff, Ie). Alkaloid* of White hellebore Rhizome. ... is accompanied in white hellebore rhizomes by ..."

4. The Gardeners Dictionary: Containing the Methods of Cultivating and ...by Philip Miller by Philip Miller (1754)
"... hellebore of Maryland, with a very narrow Leaf, like that of Hare's-ear, ... hellebore of Maryland, with pale - purple Flowers, growing three on a Stalk ..."

5. Therapeutics, Materia Medica, and Pharmacy: Including the Special by Samuel Otway Lewis Potter (1909)
"The writer has known death by narcosis to result from an overdose of the oil taken to produce abortion. HELLEBORUS, hellebore (Unofficial),—the rhizome and ..."

6. The Chemical Works of Caspar Neumann .. by Caspar Neumann, William Lewis (1773)
"White hellebore root is a violent emetic : Matthi- plus reports, that the Spaniards prepare ... and one ounce of white hellebore-roots, was formerly in fome ..."

7. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"hellebore, in pharmacy, the roots of the various species of the genus ... The black hellebore, helleborus niffer, is a plant growing wild in the mountainous ..."

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