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Definition of the noun heliotrope

What does heliotrope mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: heliotropes

  1. green chalcedony with red spots that resemble blood

Alternative definition of the noun heliotrope


  1. [botany] A plant that turns so that it faces the sun.
  2. [botany] Particularly, a purple-flowered plant of the species Heliotropium arborescens.
  3. A light purple or violet colour.
  4. The fragrance of heliotrope flowers.
  5. [mineralogy] A bloodstone (a variety of quartz).
  6. [surveying] An instrument, employed in triangulation, that uses a mirror to reflect sunlight toward another, very distant, surveyor.

Definition of the adjective heliotrope

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  1. Light purple or violet.
  2. Keeping one’s face turned toward the sun.


The Heliotrope is an environmentally friendly house designed by the German architect Rolf Disch who also designed the Sonnenschiff. Three such houses exist in Germany, the first experimental version having been built in 1994 as the architect's home in Freiburg im Breisgau, while the other two are used as exhibition buildings for the Hansgrohe company in Offenburg and a dentist's lab in Hilpoltstein in Bavaria. The Heliotrope in Freiburg was the first building in the world to capture more energy than it uses, all of which is entirely renewable, emissions free and CO₂ neutral. The structure physically rotates to track the sun, which allows it to harness the maximum natural sunlight and warmth possible. Several different energy generation modules are used in the building including a 603 sq ft dual-axis solar photovoltaic tracking panel, a geothermal heat exchanger, a combined heat and power unit and solar-thermal balcony railings to provide heat and warm water. These innovations in combination with the superior insulation of the residence allow the Heliotrope to capture anywhere between four to six times its energy usage depending on the time of year.

  • also known as Heliotrop Rotating House
  • part of Germany


Who is Heliotrope?

Heliotrope is a Danish producer and electronic artist. The man behind the name is Morten Selmer.

  • also known as Morten Selmer
  • born on (44 years ago) in Holbæk
  • nationality: Denmark


Heliotrope a.k.a. Heliotrope Studios was a video game developer active in the 1990s. Heliotrope was started as Changeling Software, a Macintosh developer, by Andrew and Peter Sispoidis, then changed its name when it began cross-platform development. The company developed Pax Imperia and Pax Imperia: Eminent Domain.


  1. "Heliotrope" is a musical album of Backlash.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  2. "Heliotrope" is a musical album of Anthony Savino.
    • released on (4 years ago)


"Heliotrope" a.k.a. "Forgotten Faces" is a 1928 American silent drama film directed by Victor Schertzinger and starring Clive Brook, Mary Brian and Olga Baclanova. The production was overseen by David O. Selznick, a rising young producer at the time. The film was remade by Paramount in 1936 as a sound film.


  1. Heliotrope is a pink-purple tint that is a representation of the color of the heliotrope flower.
  2. The heliotrope is an instrument that uses a mirror to reflect sunlight over great distances to mark the positions of participants in a land survey. The heliotrope was invented in 1821 by the German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss. The word "heliotrope" is taken from the Greek: helios, meaning "sun", and tropos, meaning "turn". It is a fitting name for an instrument which can be turned to reflect the sun toward a given point.

Phrases with Heliotrope

  1. Salt Heliotrope
  2. Soft Heliotrope
  3. Wavy Heliotrope
  4. Bushy Heliotrope
  5. Dwarf Heliotrope
  6. India Heliotrope
  7. Leafy Heliotrope
  8. Phlox Heliotrope
  9. Texas Heliotrope
  10. garden heliotrope
  11. Indian Heliotrope
  12. winter heliotrope
  13. Pasture Heliotrope
  14. seaside heliotrope
  15. Antilles Heliotrope
  16. Bindweed Heliotrope
  17. Clasping Heliotrope
  18. European Heliotrope
  19. Fragrant Heliotrope
  20. Greeneye Heliotrope

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Heliotrope

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Google previewCoping with Joyce (1989)

Essays from the Copenhagen Symposium by Morris Beja

A heliotrope is any flower that assumes a desirous attitude, that turns toward the sun, like a marigold or a sunflower.

Google previewBiological Control of Weeds in Australia (2012)

by Mic Julien, Rachel McFadyen, Jim Cullen

heliotrope. ABSTRACT Common heliotrope is a summer-growing annual weed of crops and pasture, considered native to Mediterranean Europe, Turkey and western North Africa, and present in all states and territories of Australia except Tas.

Google previewLife along the Inner Coast (2009)

A Naturalist's Guide to the Sounds, Inlets, Rivers, and Intracoastal Waterway from Norfolk to Key West by Robert L. Lippson, Alice Jane Lippson

Seaside heliotrope is a perennial with succulent, fleshy, almost veinless leaves that are linear and blunt at the tips. The small, whitish, tubular flowers may be tinged with blue or purple and are borne on terminal curled spikes, or racemes.

Google previewTraditional Trees of Pacific Islands (2006)

Their Culture, Environment, and Use by Craig R. Elevitch

Ecologically, tree heliotrope is a very important tree species in many islands of the Pacific. The tree serves as a nesting site for some ocean birds and is a valuable species in coastal protection and as a ...

Google previewThe Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Canticle 1: Hell (2010)

The heliotrope is a green chalcedony with red spots that resemble blood – a quartz stone that was said to be able to make the possessor invisible. Hence the thieves could neither get away from the snakes by conventional escape routes or by ...

Google previewA Memoir on the Indian Surveys (2015)

by Clements R. Markham

The heliotrope is a circular mirror, 10 to 12 inches in diameter, fitted for vertical and horizontal motion. f The lamps constructed in 1830 consisted of a parabolic reflector 12 inches in diameter, applied to an argand burner, the whole enclosed in ...

Google previewA Lexicon of Alchemy (2014)

by Martin Rulandus

It is called Heliotrope because, if thrown into a vessel of water and exposed to the sun, it changes to blood colour, and this is especially the case with the Ethiopian variety. Concerning the Heliotrope, the impudence of sorcerers affirms that the ...

Google previewThe Land of the Dragon (2014)

by Carl Skiff

The word heliotrope is used in Europe for this stone and is derived from the Greek for “sun turner.” Heliotrope is an opaque, dark green member of the chalcedony group. The red spots found in this stone are due to the presence ofiron oxide.

Google previewFlora's Dictionary (1833)

by Elizabeth Washington Wirt

The Heliotrope is a native of warm climates; growing in India, Peru, the West Indies, South of Europe, &c. With us, it is a green-house plant of the shrubby, and herbaceous kinds, with annual, and biennial roots. Calyz of one leaf, tubular, with ...

Google previewCRC World Dictionary of Plant Names (1999)

Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology by Umberto Quattrocchi

Boraginaceae Origins: Latin heliotropium and Greek heliotropion for the plant turnsole, heliotrope, ...

Google previewCunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (2012)

by Scott Cunningham

HELIOTROPE. (Heliotropium europaeum or H. arborescens)Poison Folk Names: Cherry Pie, Tumsole, Hindicum Gender: Masculine Planet: Sun Element: Fire Deity: Apollo Powers: Exorcism, Prophetic Dreams, Healing, Wealth, Invisibility ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Common Wildflowers of Texas & the Southern Great Plains (2005)

by Joel Ellis Holloway, Amanda Neill

Heliotropium amplexicaule Violet Heliotrope SCIENTIFIC NAME: Heliotropium, to turn toward the sun, from Greek, r|A.ioq, (h)elios, the sun and TpeTto, trepo, to turn toward a thing. Reference is to the flowers following the sun + amplexicaule, ...

Google previewThe Aromatherapy Encyclopedia (2009)

A Concise Guide to Over 385 Plant Oils: Easyread Super Large 18pt Edition by Carol Schiller

HELIOTROPE. Botanical Name: Heliotropium arborescens Family: Boraginaceae The essential oil is obtained from the flowers. History. and. Information. • Heliotrope is an evergreen shrub native to South and Central America. The shrub ...

Google previewThe Anglo-American Encyclopedia and Dictionary: Encyclopedia department (A-Z) (1904)

Heliotrope 1304 Helots Heliotrope, a genus of plants of the natural order Boragincw ; of the section, sometimes made a distinct order, Ehretiacea, the fruit separating only when ripe into four carpels. Many of the species have fragrant flowers.

Google previewChandler's Encyclopedia (1898)

An Epitome of Universal Knowledge ... by William Henry Chandler

Heliotrope. See BLOODSTONE. Heliotrope. Instrument invented by Gauss, having a mirror and sights by which the rays of the sun are reflected to Coast Survey Heliotrope. a distant station; used mainly for signals in geodetic surveying .

Google previewThe Watkins Dictionary of Symbols (2012)

by Jack Tresidder

See Seven Deadly Sins Heliotrope Adoration – a meaning suggested by the plant's turning toward the sun. The heliotrope had solar symbolism in Roman and Asian imperial wreaths and was a Christian emblem of religious devotion, ...

Google previewDictionary of Phrase and Fable (1900)

Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words that Have a Tale to Tell by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Heliotrope (4 syl.).

Google previewThe New American Comprehensive Encyclopedia (1907)

A Complete Encyclopedia of the Arts, Sciences, History, Biography, Geography and General Literature ...

Heliotrope, a genus of plants of the natural order Boraginea ; of the section, sometimes made a distinct order, Ehretiaceae, the fruit separating only when ripe into four carpels. Many of the species have fragrant flowers. The Peruvian ...

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The value of this 10-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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