white hellebore

[ hwahyt-hel-uh-bawr, wahyt ]

  1. a false hellebore, Veratrum album, with clusters of white flowers, native to Europe and western Asia: now rarely used in medicine, its alkaloids were once used in a number of treatments, as for high blood pressure, but accidental poisoning is due mostly to the plant’s resemblance to an ingestible European gentian.

Origin of white hellebore

First recorded in 1400–50
  • Also called Eu·ro·pe·an white hel·le·bore.

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