he·​pat·​i·​ca hi-ˈpa-ti-kə How to pronounce hepatica (audio)
plural hepaticas
: any of a genus (Hepatica) of perennial herbs of the buttercup family with lobed leaves and delicate flowers
especially : a small herb (Hepatica nobilis synonym Anemone hepatica) of northern temperate woodlands that has small purple, pink, blue, or white flowers : pennywort sense b

Examples of hepatica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the first blooms to appear in Shenandoah National Park each spring are the bright purple hepatica and cheery white-and-yellow bloodroot flowers. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 23 Mar. 2023 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hepatica was in 1578

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Cite this Entry

“Hepatica.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hepatica. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


he·​pat·​i·​ca hi-ˈpat-i-kə How to pronounce hepatica (audio)
: any of a genus of herbs related to the buttercups and having leaves with three lobes and delicate white, pink, or bluish flowers

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