Origin of heliotrope
Related Words for heliotropecolor, mauve, plum, lilac, lavender, periwinkle, violet, pomegranate, mulberry, amethyst, magenta, wine, orchid, amaranthine, perse, violaceous
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Historical Examples of heliotrope
I can tell a geranium, when I see it, and I know a heliotrope by the smell.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
And then under the table he espied a square of heliotrope paper.The Vagrant Duke
Sprinkles her handkerchief with heliotrope and wipes the blood from Schn's hand.Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit)
Was this garden, which was all white, in any way connected with the sunbeams and heliotrope?
Heliotrope is the name of the scent, my dear, but please do not allude to it again.
- a bluish-violet to purple colour
- (as adjective)a heliotrope dress
Word Origin for heliotrope
"plant which turns its flowers and leaves to the sun," 1620s, from French héliotrope (14c.) and directly from Latin heliotropium, from Greek heliotropion, from helios "sun" (see sol) + tropos "turn" (see trope). The word was applied c.1000-1600 in Latin form to sunflowers and marigolds. Related: Heliotropic.