saxifrage

noun sax·i·frage \ ˈsak-sə-frij , -ˌfrāj \

Definition of saxifrage

: any of a genus (Saxifraga of the family Saxifragaceae, the saxifrage family) of chiefly perennial herbs with showy pentamerous flowers and often with basal tufted leaves

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Origin and Etymology of saxifrage

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin saxifraga, from Latin, feminine of saxifragus breaking rocks, from saxum rock + frangere to break — more at break


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