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arnica Syllabification: ar·ni·ca
Pronunciation: /ˈärnəkə/

Definition of arnica in English:


1A plant of the daisy family that bears yellow daisylike flowers. Native to cooler regions of the northern hemisphere, it is sometimes cultivated as an ornamental.
  • Genus Arnica, family Compositae: many species, especially mountain tobacco (A. montana) of central Europe
Example sentences
  • Brown-faced golden daisies bobbed in the gentle breeze; smaller arnicas vied with the fledgling's feathers for sunny brilliance.
  • Among the wildflowers are a wild geranium, an aster with smooth stems and leaves, leafy arnica, yellow monkey flower, meadow rue, and bluebells.
  • As we climb, the maze of trees, ferns, and blueberry bushes gives way to subalpine meadows painted with purple lupine, pale blue gentians, crimson columbine, and yellow arnica.
1.1A preparation of arnica used medicinally, especially for the treatment of bruises.
Example sentences
  • Skin creams containing vitamin C or arnica can also help bruises heal.
  • Use of 26 types of homeopathic medicines was reported, with the most frequently used being arnica.
  • In between treatments, apply arnica gel to the injury site.


Mid 18th century: modern Latin, of unknown origin.

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