Hypericum

noun
Hy·​per·​i·​cum | \ -rə̇kəm \

Definition of Hypericum

: a large and widely distributed genus of herbs or shrubs (family Guttiferae) that are characterized chiefly by their pentamerous and often showy yellow flowers

History and Etymology for Hypericum

New Latin, from Latin hypericum, hypericon a plant, St.-John's-wort, ground pine, from Greek hyperikon, hypereikos, a plant, St.-John's-wort, probably from hypo- + ereikē heath, heather

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“Hypericum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hypericum. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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