Definition of hepatica in English:

hepatica

Line breaks: hep¦at|ica
Pronunciation: /hɪˈpatɪkə
 
/

noun

  • A plant of the buttercup family, with anemone-like flowers, native to northern temperate regions.
    • Genus Hepatica, family Ranunculaceae
    More 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.

Origin

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

More definitions of hepatica

Definition of hepatica in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day tortie
Pronunciation: ˈtɔːtiː
noun
a tortoiseshell cat