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hellebore


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hellebore  \Hel"le*bore\,  n.  [L.  helleborus,  elleborus  Gr  ?,  ?; 
  cf  F.  hell['e]bore,  ell['e]bore.] 
  1.  (Bot.)  A  genus  of  perennial  herbs  ({Helleborus})  of  the 
  Crowfoot  family,  mostly  having  powerfully  cathartic  and 
  even  poisonous  qualities.  {H.  niger}  is  the  European  black 
  hellebore,  or  Christmas  rose,  blossoming  in  winter  or 
  earliest  spring.  {H.  officinalis}  was  the  officinal 
  hellebore  of  the  ancients. 
 
  2.  (Bot.)  Any  plant  of  several  species  of  the  poisonous 
  liliaceous  genus  {Veratrum},  especially  {V.  album}  and  {V. 
  viride},  both  called  {white  hellebore}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hellebore 
  n  1:  perennial  herbs  of  the  lily  family  having  thick  toxic 
  rhizomes  [syn:  {false  hellebore}] 
  2:  any  plant  of  the  Eurasian  genus  Helleborus 




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