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false hellebore

[ fawls-hel-uh-bawr ]
/ ˈfɔls ˈhɛl əˌbɔr /
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noun

any of various plants of the genus Veratrum, family Melanthiaceae, with highly poisonous black rhizomes, including V. viride, with clusters of yellowish-green flowers, native to eastern and western North America: now rarely used in medicine, the alkaloids from false hellebores were once used in a number of treatments, as for high blood pressure.

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Also called corn lily, In·di·an hel·le·bore, Indian poke.

Origin of false hellebore

First recorded in 1855–60
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