Sinonimi: false hellebore
ETYM Latin helleborus, elleborus, Greek; cf. French hellébore, ellébore.
1. Any plant of the Eurasian genus Helleborus.
2. Perennial herbs of the lily family having thick toxic rhizomes; SYN. false hellebore.
Several kinds of plant, especially the Christmas rose; alkaloid poison extracted from hellebore root.
Poisonous European herbaceous plant of the genus Helleborus of the buttercup family Ranunculaceae. The stinking hellebore H. foetidus has greenish flowers early in the spring.
The white, or false, hellebore Veratrum viride of North America is a poisonous member of the lily family Liliaceae.