One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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
- ‘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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