Definition of alchemilla in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌalkəˈmɪlə/


A plant of a genus that includes lady’s mantle and its relatives.
  • Genus Alchemilla, family Rosaceae
Example sentences
  • The outside comes in, in ad hoc bunches of alchemilla and marguerites, new potatoes, dill, basil, and bunches of mint, we wander out with cups of tea and notebooks.
  • Euphorbia, hedera and alchemilla are prime examples.
  • Some of her favorite perennials include: Achillea, lobelia, alchemilla and tritoma.


Modern Latin, from a medieval Latin diminutive of alchimia 'alchemy', from the belief that dew from the leaves of the plant could turn base metals into gold.

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