- 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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Examples from the Web for chelone
All of them came to the wedding, except one nymph named Chelone.
So he had Chelone turned into a tortoise, so that she might never be able to laugh again.
I have not seen the butterfly for many weeks, but among the stalks of Chelone I find the webs which shelter its children.Old Plymouth Trails
The Chelone obliqua, with its white flowers, was likewise very common.Travels in the Interior of North America, Part I, (Being Chapters I-XV of the London Edition, 1843)
Alexander Philipp Maximilian, Prince of Wied
A Chelone, three feet long, was brought us, remarkable for seven shields on the middle of its back.