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[ek-uh-ney-shuh, -see-uh]
  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.
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  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
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Word Origin

from New Latin, from Latin echīnātus prickly, from echīnus hedgehog
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