sax·​i·​frage | \ ˈsak-sə-frij How to pronounce saxifrage (audio) , -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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Recent Examples on the Web The flora and fauna are out of fairy tales: polar bears, arctic foxes, reindeer, walruses, purple saxifrage, dwarf willow, psychedelic orange lichen., "In Norway, so much beauty — 24 hours a day — and fear of its demise - The Boston Globe," 26 Sep. 2019 This is an American native, a member of the saxifrage family. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Heuchera is easy to grow and adds color to gardens | Idaho Statesman," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of saxifrage

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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“Saxifrage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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