[ tur-tl-hed ]
/ ˈtɜr tlˌhɛd /


any of several North American plants belonging to the genus Chelone, of the figwort family, having opposite, serrated leaves and spikes of purple or white, two-lipped flowers.

Origin of turtlehead

1855–60, Americanism; turtle1 + head, so called from the appearance of its flower
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