Definition of helleborine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɛlɪbəˌriːn/
Pronunciation: /ˈhɛlɪbəˌrʌɪn/


A mainly woodland orchid occurring chiefly in north temperate regions. See also false helleborine.
  • Two genera in the family Orchidaceae: Epipactis (with greenish or reddish flowers that are sometimes self-fertilized) and Cephalanthera (with larger white or pink flowers).
Example sentences
  • And at the weekend he and a group of seven volunteers carefully dug up 73 rare broad-leaved helleborines and took them by wheelbarrow to their new home where they were replanted.
  • The helleborines are growing in the sun and in the shade, under trees and out in the open.
  • The first two pictures are marsh helleborines and the last one is a green flowered helleborine which had been discovered the day before our visit.


Late 16th century: French or Latin, from Greek helleborinē, a plant like hellebore, from helleboros 'hellebore'.

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