al·​che·​mil·​la | \ ˌal-kə-ˈmi-lə \

Definition of alchemilla

1 capitalized : a genus of widely distributed perennial herbs (family Rosaceae) with compound serrate leaves and inconspicuous flowers — see lady's-mantle
2 plural -s : a plant of the genus Alchemilla

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First Known Use of alchemilla

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for alchemilla

New Latin, perhaps from Medieval Latin alchymia alchemy; from the belief that the dew on the leaves of the plants is efficacious in alchemy

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“Alchemilla.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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