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[hel-i-krahy-suh m, hee-li-]
  1. any of the numerous composite plants of the genus Helichrysum, having alternate leaves and solitary or clustered flower heads, including the strawflower.
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Origin of helichrysum

< New Latin, neuter noun based on Greek helíchrȳsos a plant, probably of this genus, equivalent to heli- (perhaps by haplology from heliko- helico-) + chrȳsós gold
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Examples from the Web for helichrysum

Historical Examples

  • The woody Immortelle (Helichrysum fruticosum) is one of those peculiar to the Cape districts.

    The Desert World

    Arthur Mangin

  • This genus has got all the beautiful Cape species taken out of it, and given to Astélma and Helichrysum.

  • Whether this plant be a Scabious, Thrift or Helichrysum is hard to judge from the imperfect flower of the dried specimen.

  • Pteronia spinosa, and Helichrysum vestitum, are hardy shrubs found on the slopes.

    The Highlands of Ethiopia

    William Cornwallis Harris

  • Other species of Helichrysum and species of allied genera with scarious heads of flowers are also known as “everlastings.”

British Dictionary definitions for helichrysum


  1. any plant of the widely cultivated genus Helichrysum, whose flowers retain their shape and colour when dried: family Asteraceae (composites)
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin, from Greek helikhrusos, from helix spiral + khrusos gold
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