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  • n. Plural form of heliotrope.


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  • We were watching, she and me — that is, if heliotropes can see.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • But I was tired and couldn't be sure I actually recalled stampeding giraffes, falling heliotropes, bloodstone storms, an old child with no eyes, wrapped in waves; I couldn't; and you had dropped like a minnow of a brittle star into my flat trap of a lap, my darling sour ancient fish.


  • We were watching, she and me—that is, if heliotropes can see.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • But, since then, I've realized that all heliotropes do that on my skin.

    Strange Huffing Effects: L'Heure Bleu

  • The wafted scent of the heliotropes, which had never been planted in the garden since

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • I recognised some euphorbias, with the caustic sugar coming from them; heliotropes, quite incapable of justifying their name, sadly drooped their clusters of flowers, both their colour and perfume half gone.

    Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

  • Well, Decius, it says here those are pansies and heliotropes and of course the famous red-and-white Tudor roses.

    In the Garden of Iden

  • Every one of the thousands of faces in the Forum turned to him as heliotropes to the sun; working himself into a passion through the force of his oratory, he began to believe every single word he shouted, he began to believe every single face his eyes encountered in the crowd, he began to believe in a new way to govern Rome.

    The First Man in Rome

  • Houses furnished in all the styles of modern decorative art rise in all directions, embowered in roses, geraniums, heliotropes, and lilies that bloom the long year round and reach a size that makes them hard to recognize as old friends.

    The California Birthday Book

  • I dared not yet think; I rested my head against the chair, and breathed in the odor of the flowers: the delicate scent of tea-roses; the Southern perfume, fiery and sweet, like Greek wine, of profuse heliotropes, -- a perfume that gives you thirst, and longing, and regret.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 02, No. 08, June 1858


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