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saxifrage

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noun sax·i·frage \ˈsak-sə-frij, -ˌfrāj\

Definition of saxifrage

  1. :  any of a genus (Saxifraga of the family Saxifragaceae, the saxifrage family) of chiefly perennial herbs with showy pentamerous flowers and often with basal tufted leaves



Origin and Etymology of saxifrage

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin saxifraga, from Latin, feminine of saxifragus breaking rocks, from saxum rock + frangere to break — more at break


First Known Use: 14th century


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