Definition of hepatica in English:

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Pronunciation: /həˈpadikə/


A plant of the buttercup family, with anemonelike flowers, native to north temperate regions.
  • Genus Hepatica, family Ranunculaceae.
Example sentences
  • The forest has not been cut for 300 years, and I found myself surrounded by ground flora such as Solomon's seal, lily of the valley, yellow wood anemone, toothwort, asarabacca, herb paris and hepatica.
  • It gathered flowers from the forest floor as they walked: yellow celandine and primrose, pale anemone, pink-veined wood sorrel, purple hepatica, lilac and plum violets.
  • On this day, the first hepatica buds were poking through the leaf mat, and some were opening into startlingly light-blue flowers.


From medieval Latin hepatica (herba) 'plant having liver-shaped parts, or one used to treat liver diseases', feminine of hepaticus (see hepatic).

Words that rhyme with hepatica

Attica, sciatica, viatica

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Syllabification: he·pat·i·ca

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