he·​pat·​i·​ca | \hi-ˈpa-ti-kə \

Definition of hepatica 

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

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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, "A Maury Island hillside garden was a lot of work to create, and it’s a lot of work to tour," 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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