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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 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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