in some classifications
: a genus (the type of the family Alsinaceae) of herbs that includes the chickweeds and stitchworts and is equivalent to Stellaria or to a combination of Stellaria and Arenaria of other classifications

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, a plant (perhaps chickweed), from Greek alsinē (Parietaria lusitanica)

First Known Use

circa 1584, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Alsine was circa 1584

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“Alsine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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