hepatica definition

  • noun:
    • any one of a number of woodland plants regarding the genus Hepatica, specifically H. americana of eastern united states, having three-lobed leaves and white or lavender blossoms. Also referred to as liverleaf.
    • Any of the herbaceous plants in the genus Hepatica of the buttercup household, notably the typical hepatica.
    • A genus of pretty springtime plants closely linked to Anemone; squirrel cup.
    • Any plant, often procumbent and mosslike, associated with cryptogamous course Hepaticæ; -- called also scale moss and liverwort. See Hepaticæ, in the Health Supplement.
    • The liverleaf, Anemone Hepatica (Hepatica triloba). The old genus Hepatica of Dillenius might regarded as a subgenus of Anemone.
    • Any liverwort; a cryptogamic plant of household Hepaticœ.
    • a common liverwort
    • some of several flowers for the genus Hepatica having three-lobed leaves and white or pinkish blossoms in early springtime; of wet and mossy subalpine woodland aspects of north temperate areas

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