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

Examples of potentilla in a Sentence

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of potentilla was in 1548

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Cite this Entry

“Potentilla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potentilla. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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