from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tall coarse plant (Inula helenium) native to central Asia, having rayed yellow flower heads. The roots are used medicinally.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tall Eurasian herb, Inula helenium, whose roots have been used medicinally
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large, coarse herb (Inula Helenium), with composite yellow flowers. The root, which has a pungent taste, is used as a tonic, and was formerly of much repute as a stomachic.
- n. A sweetmeat made from the root of the plant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common name of Inula Helenium, a coarse stout composite plant, a native of central Europe and Asia, sometimes cultivated, and often found naturalized in meadows and pastures in the eastern United States.
- n. A coarse sweetmeat, professedly made from the root of the plant, but really composed of little else than colored sugar.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tall coarse Eurasian herb having daisylike yellow flowers with narrow petals whose rhizomatous roots are used medicinally
Middle English elecampana : Old English elene (from Medieval Latin enula, from Latin inula, from Greek helenion, from Helenē, Helen; see Helen) + Medieval Latin campāna, of the field (from Latin campānea, feminine of campāneus, from campus, field).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)