noun Um·bil·i·car·ia \ˌəmˌbiləˈka(a)rēə\

Definition of Umbilicaria

  1. :  a small genus related to Lecanora and composed of foliose umbilicate lichens that are used especially in folk medicine as a purgative — see rock tripe

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Origin and Etymology of umbilicaria

New Latin, from Late Latin umbilicaris umbilical (from Latin umbilicus navel + -aris -ar) + New Latin -ia

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a trip made at another's expense

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