Definition of turnsole in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtərnˌsōl/


A Mediterranean plant of the spurge family, whose flowers are said to turn with the sun.
  • Chrozophora tinctoria (family Euphorbiaceae), from which a blue or purple dye was formerly obtained.
Example sentences
  • The following is a construction guide for anyone who wishes to make a pair of authentic turnsoles.


Late Middle English: from Old French tournesole, based on Latin tornare (see turn) + sol 'sun'.

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Syllabification: turn·sole

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