Definition of echinacea in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɛkɪˈneɪsɪə/


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.
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.


Modern Latin, from Greek ekhinos 'hedgehog'.

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