Definition of girasol in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjirəˌsäl/
Pronunciation: /ˈjirəˌsôl/
(also girasole /-ˌsōl/)


1A kind of opal reflecting a reddish glow.
2North American another term for Jerusalem artichoke.
Example sentences
  • A girasole is a plant whose flower turns towards the sun.
  • This might be taken to be a folk etymology, like ‘Jerusalem’ for ‘girasole’ in ‘Jerusalem artichoke’ (a kind of sunflower).


Late 16th century (in the sense 'sunflower'): from French, or from Italian girasole, from girare 'to turn' + sole 'sun' (because the sunflower turns to follow the path of the sun).

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Syllabification: gir·a·sol

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