hepatica

noun
he·​pat·​i·​ca | \ hi-ˈpa-ti-kə How to pronounce hepatica (audio) \

Definition of hepatica

: any of a genus (Hepatica) of herbs of the buttercup family with lobed leaves and delicate flowers

Examples of hepatica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The doctors extracted some of the worms and identified them as the common liver fluke Fasciola hepatica. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 8 Nov. 2019 The slope is retained by logs; rocks; steps; and plantings of ornamental grasses and ground covers like ferns, cyclamen, hepaticas and native trillium. Valerie Easton, The Seattle Times, 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of hepatica

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hepatica

New Latin, from Medieval Latin, liverwort, from Latin, feminine of hepaticus

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“Hepatica.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hepatica. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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