Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as Heliconius.
- n. A genus of monocotyledonous plants founded by Linnæus in 1767, belonging to the natural order Musacæ, and characterized by free sepals, short corolla-tube, and ovary-cells having one ovule. They are nearly herbaceous, bananalike plants with terminal inflorescence. There are about 25 speciss, nativesof tropical America, 5 of which are found in the West Indies, where they are called
bastard plantain. The shoots of H. psittacorum and the fruit of H. Bihai are edible. H. Mariæ-Alexandrovnæ, named after the Empress of Russia, is a native of the United States of Colombia, attains a height of from 12 to 15 feet, and furnishes a useful fiber. It is very ornamental, bearing a spike of red fiowers 2½ feet in length.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) One of numerous species of Heliconius, a genus of tropical American butterflies. The wings are usually black, marked with green, crimson, and white.
- From the genus name. (Wiktionary)
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“Flame-orange flowers of the lobster-claw heliconia plant arched above the pond.”
“The night is passed in temporary huts made of the leaves of the heliconia, brought on purpose.”
“Wherever clay, reeds, and the leaves of the palm or heliconia are found, a house is built in a few days.”
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