Sa·​gi·​na | \ səˈjīnə \

Definition of Sagina

: a genus of small herbs (family Caryophyllaceae) native to temperate and cool regions that have subulate leaves and small whitish sometimes apetalous flowers with the styles equal in number to the four or five sepals and alternating with them

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History and Etymology for Sagina

New Latin, from Latin sagina action of stuffing or fattening food, fatness, nourishment; from the supposed nutritive value of plants of this genus

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“Sagina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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