from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several coneflowers of the genus Echinacea, having usually pinkish-purple ray flowers.
- n. The roots, seeds, or other parts of such a plant, used in herbal medicine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several plants, of genus Echinacea, having pinkish-purple flowers.
- n. A herbal medicine extracted from the roots and seeds of such plants.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of coarse composite plants of the prairies of North America, allied to Rudbeckia, but with long rose-colored rays and prickly-pointed chaff.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small genus of North American coarse perennial herbs
New Latin Echīnācea, genus name, from Latin echīnus, sea urchin (from its rough leaves); see echinus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From scientific Latin Echinacea, from Ancient Greek ἐχῖνος ("hedgehog") (because of the soft "spines" in the centre of the flower) + -acea. (Wiktionary)