- any of several plants belonging to the genus Dicentra, of the fumitory family, having long clusters of drooping flowers, as the Dutchman's-breeches or the bleeding heart.
Origin of dicentra
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The arbutus and the dicentra appeared on the 10th, and the coltsfoot—which, however, is an importation—about the same time.A Year in the Fields
Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Heart), red and white; one to two feet; May.A Woman's Hardy Garden
Helena Rutherfurd Ely
Where was only desolation, after countless days the dicentra hangs out its white flags in truce to the warring elements.In the Open
Stanton Davis Kirkham
Please look carefully at the enclosed specimen of Dicentra thalictriformis, and throw away.More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II
A much more brilliantly coloured member of the same family is the Dicentra (Diclytra) spectabilis, so familiar in our gardens.
- any Asian or North American plant of the genus Dicentra, such as bleeding heart and Dutchman's-breeches, having finely divided leaves and ornamental clusters of drooping flowers: family Fumariaceae
C19: New Latin, from Greek dikentros having two sharp points, from di- 1 + kentron sharp point, from kentein to prick; see centre
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