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

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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 1 Aug. 2021.

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