alchemilla

noun

al·​che·​mil·​la
ˌal-kə-ˈmi-lə
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

Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of alchemilla was in 1526

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“Alchemilla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alchemilla. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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