Definition of girasol in English:

girasol

(also girasole)

noun

  • 1A kind of opal reflecting a reddish glow.

  • 2

    North American term for Jerusalem artichoke
    • ‘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).’

Origin

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).

Pronunciation

girasol

/ˈdʒɪrəsɒl//ˈdʒɪrəsəʊl/