Definition of girasol in English:

girasol

(also girasole)

noun

  • 1A kind of opal reflecting a reddish glow.

  • 2North American

    another term for jerusalem artichoke
    • ‘This might be taken to be a folk etymology, like ‘Jerusalem’ for ‘girasole’ in ‘Jerusalem artichoke’ (a kind of sunflower).’
    • ‘A girasole is a plant whose flower turns towards the sun.’

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

/ˈjirəˌsôl//ˈjirəˌsäl/