Definition of echinacea in English:

echinacea

Line breaks: ech¦in|acea
Pronunciation: /ˌɛkɪˈneɪsɪə
 
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noun

  • A North American plant of the daisy family, whose flowers have a raised cone-like centre which appears to consist of soft spines. It is used in herbal medicine, largely for its antibiotic and wound-healing properties.
    • Genus Echinacea, family Compositae: several species
    More example sentences
    • Both echinacea and goldenseal root have natural antibiotic activity and are extremely safe, when used as indicated on the label.
    • Consider taking some goldenseal along with the echinacea.
    • The antiviral echinacea and antibacterial goldenseal both stimulate the immune system.

Origin

modern Latin, from Greek ekhinos 'hedgehog'.

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