1A kind of opal reflecting a reddish glow.
2North 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).’
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).
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.