Definition of elecampane in English:


Syllabification: el·e·cam·pane
Pronunciation: /ˌelikamˈpān


  • A plant that has yellow daisylike flowers with long slender petals and bitter aromatic roots that are used in herbal medicine, native to central Asia.
    • Inula helenium, family Compositae
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    • While elecampane root is better used for a cold or cough associated with coldness, weak digestion, low energy and whitish to clear mucus discharge.
    • Roots, such as those of elecampane, were used too.
    • On the other hand, the elecampane speech and the seemingly related Turkish Knight and Turkey Champion characters occur in the Truro / Father Christmas and Irish plays, but not in the Alexander text.


late Middle English: from medieval Latin enula (from Greek helenion 'elecampane') + campana probably meaning 'of the fields' (from campus 'field').

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