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heliotrope

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n heliotrope green chalcedony with red spots that resemble blood
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Heliotrope (Bot) A plant of the genus Heliotropium; -- called also turnsole and girasole. Heliotropium Peruvianum is the commonly cultivated species with fragrant flowers.
    • Heliotrope (Geodesy & Signal Service) An instrument for making signals to an observer at a distance, by means of the sun's rays thrown from a mirror.
    • Heliotrope (Anc. Astron) An instrument or machine for showing when the sun arrived at the tropics and equinoctial line.
    • Heliotrope (Min) See Bloodstone.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n heliotrope In astronomy, an instrument for showing when the sun arrives at the solstitial points.
    • n heliotrope A mirror arranged with a telescope and sights so as to flash a reflection of the sun to a great distance. The instrument is used in geodetic triangulation to mark a station. See heliograph, 1.
    • n heliotrope A plant of the genus Heliotropium, of the natural order Boraginaceæ. The species are herbs or shrubs, mostly natives of the warmer parts of the world. They have alternate leaves and small purplish or lilac flowers usually disposed in scorpioid cymes. One species, H. Europæum, is a common European weed. H. Peruvianum, the Peruvian heliotrope, has long been a favorite garden-plant, on account of the fragrance of its flowers. The name has also been given to a composite plant. Also called turnsol.
    • n heliotrope The bluish-purple or pinkish-lilac color of some flowers of the heliotrope.
    • n heliotrope A mineral, a subspecies of quartz, of a deep-green color, peculiarly pleasant to the eye. It is usually variegated with blood-red or yellowish dots of jasper, and is more or less translucent. Also called bloodstone.—False heliotrope, Tournefortia heliotropoides. See Tournefortia.—
    • n heliotrope A direct coal-tar color of the disazo type, derived from dianisidine. It dyes unmordanted cotton reddish violet in an alkaline salt bath.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Heliotrope hē′li-o-trōp a genus of plants of the natural order Boraginaceæ, many species with fragrant flowers, esp. the Peruvian heliotrope, with small lilac-blue flowers and a fragrance resembling vanilla or cherry-pie:
    • n Heliotrope hē′li-o-trōp (min.) a bloodstone, a variety of chalcedony of a dark-green colour variegated with red: a mirror placed at a distant station and adjusted by clockwork, so that at a particular hour of the day (arranged beforehand) the light of the sun shall be reflected from the mirror directly to the surveyor's station
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. héliotrope, L. heliotropium, Gr. ; the sun + to turn, turn. See Heliacal Trope
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. hēliotropionhēlios, the sun, tropos, a turn.

Usage

In literature:

The brilliant uniforms of the officers mingled with the more delicate hues of ecru and rose, sky-blue and palest heliotrope of the loggias.
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs
Of a sudden, however, the atmosphere seemed to be overpoweringly oppressive with the odour of heliotrope.
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
It's positively buried in roses and heliotrope, and you'd never know it had a chimney.
"Virginia of Elk Creek Valley" by Mary Ellen Chase
Round, pinky-olive shoulders and rounded arms gleam temptingly through the bodice of heliotrope chiffon.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Between them the scent of heliotrope grew sweeter.
"The Gay Rebellion" by Robert W. Chambers
See, myotis, heliotrope, hare bells, and mignonette, a bed of perfume, and there lies my old servant.
"Vanished towers and chimes of Flanders" by George Wharton Edwards
Heliotrope, 10, 41, 49.
"Our Italy" by Charles Dudley Warner
There were roses, too, and fragrant little knots of heliotrope and mignonette.
"In the High Valley" by Susan Coolidge
Heliotrope, purple, cool violet, pink and lavender may be worn.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Yonder, on the other side of the great gulf of heliotrope shadow, stretches the long bulk of the Jebel Ajlun, shaggy with oak-trees.
"Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land" by Henry Van Dyke
And then Beth opened Peter's heliotrope note and read it.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
In its place is a moist warmth, heavy with the scent of heliotrope and tuba roses.
"The Recipe for Diamonds" by Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
Flowery, found in heliotrope, etc.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
The peddler and Alicia were arguing excitedly over the price of the heliotrope petticoat.
"Their Son; The Necklace" by Eduardo Zamacois
A vase with a bouquet of the flowers she loved, mignonette, heliotrope, roses, geraniums, was presented to her.
"Elizabeth Gilbert and Her Work for the Blind" by Frances Martin
Have you seen my new heliotrope, Mrs.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20. July, 1877." by Various
Here is a dahlia and heliotrope.
"With the Children on Sunday" by Sylvanus Stall
They merely seated themselves upon the ground and sniffed luxuriously at jasmine and heliotrope blossoms.
"The City Curious" by Jean de Bosschère
That lady in heliotrope graceful?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, July 16, 1887" by Various
Opoponax and white heliotrope waxed faint to the nostrils.
"The Heart of a Woman" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
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In poetry:

'Oh, were I a heliotrope,
I would play poet,
And blow a breeze of fragrance
To you; and none should know it.
"To J.M.B." by Louisa May Alcott
Eyes, talismanic heliotrope,
Beneath mesmeric lashes, where
The sorceries of love and hope
Had made a shining lair.
"The Garden Of Dreams" by Madison Julius Cawein
Who set their heart upon a hope
That never comes to pass,
Droop in the end like fading heliotrope
The sun's wan looking-glass.
"In The Willow Shade" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
This (need one dread? nay, dare one hope?)
Will rise, a ghost of memory, if
Ever again my handkerchief
Is scented with White Heliotrope.
"White Heliotrope" by Arthur Symons
How have they blossomed, see the sky is like a garden!
Ah! how fresh the worlds look hanging on the slope!
Pluck one and wear it, Love, and ask the Gardener's pardon,
Pluck out the Pleiads like a spray of heliotrope.
"The Lover To His Lass" by Duncan Campbell Scott
"Men," said the Admiral, "I abhor
To litter my boat with the shot and shell,
And it's very untidy to go to war
And scent my sails with the powder smell;
So load the cannon with scouring soap
And sachet powder of heliotrope."
"The Battle of Clothesline Bay" by Wallace Irwin

In news:

Heliotrope Architects and NBBJ Location: Orcasisland, Washington.
Enjoy the fragrances of Heliotrope and several other pungent annuals with Old Fashion Fragrance Collection.
Though it's hard to stand out among so much musical madness, that is exactly what the experimental music festival Heliotrope has done over the course of eight successful runs.
From the Department of One Man's Vandalism Is Another Man's Creative Expression comes Heliotrope's show Out on a Rail.
From the Department of One Man's Vandalism Is Another Man's Creative Expression comes Heliotrope's show Out on a Rail .
David Gibson's picturesque landscape paintings remain at Heliotrope through Labor Day, befor.
Heliotrope brings new local beauty products to light.
The Heliotrope boutique in Noe Valley.
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