Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

echinacea

[ek-uh-ney-shuh, -see-uh]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. any of several coneflowers of the genus Echinacea whose leaves, roots, and other parts are used in herbal medicine to promote wound healing and enhance the immune system.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for echinacea

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for echinacea

echinacea

noun
  1. Also called: purple coneflower either of the two N American plants of the genus Echinacea, having flower heads with purple rays and black centres: family Compositae (composites)See coneflower
  2. the powdered root of either of these plants, used to stimulate the immune system

Word Origin

from New Latin, from Latin echīnātus prickly, from echīnus hedgehog
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

  • About
  • Cookies, Terms, & Privacy
© 2018 Dictionary.com, LLC.