hellebore

Definitions of hellebore
  1. noun
    any plant of the Eurasian genus Helleborus
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    Helleborus foetidus, bear's foot, setterwort, stinking hellebore
    digitate-leaved hellebore with an offensive odor and irritant qualities when taken internally
    Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, black hellebore, winter rose
    European evergreen plant with white or purplish rose-like winter-blooming flowers
    Helleborus orientalis, black hellebore, lenten rose
    slightly hairy perennial having deep green leathery leaves and flowers that are ultimately purplish-green
    Helleborus viridis, green hellebore
    deciduous plant with large deep green pedate leaves and nodding saucer-shaped green flowers
    type of:
    poisonous plant
    a plant that when touched or ingested in sufficient quantity can be harmful or fatal to an organism
  2. noun
    perennial herbs of the lily family having thick toxic rhizomes
    synonyms: false hellebore
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    American hellebore, Indian poke, Veratrum viride, bugbane, white hellebore
    North American plant having large leaves and yellowish green flowers growing in racemes; yields a toxic alkaloid used medicinally
    type of:
    liliaceous plant
    plant growing from a bulb or corm or rhizome or tuber
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