po·​ten·​til·​la | \ ˌpō-tᵊn-ˈti-lə How to pronounce potentilla (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Inside the freezer in Framingham are tightly sealed packages containing an estimated 6 million seeds from hundreds of plant species, bearing obscure or hard-to-pronounce names like potentilla robbinsiana. Washington Post, "Seeding the future? ‘Ark’ preserves rare, threatened plants," 10 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of potentilla

1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for potentilla

New Latin, from Medieval Latin, garden heliotrope, from Latin potent-, potens

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The first known use of potentilla was in 1548

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“Potentilla.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potentilla. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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