alchemilla

noun al·che·mil·la \ˌal-kə-ˈmi-lə\

Definition of alchemilla

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

  2. 2 plural -s :  a plant of the genus Alchemilla

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Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 1526


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