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[hi-pat-i-kuh] /hɪˈpæt ɪ kə/
any plant belonging to the genus Hepatica, of the buttercup family, having heart-shaped leaves and delicate purplish, pink, or white flowers.
Origin of hepatica
1540-50; < Medieval Latin: liverwort, noun use of feminine of Latin hēpaticus hepatic Unabridged
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  • hepatica, in spite of evident effort to maintain her part, grew a trifle silent.

    A Court of Inquiry Grace S. Richmond
  • Sometimes they have sprays of arbutus in their buttonholes, or bunches of hepatica.

  • We look for bloodroot and hepatica to follow arbutus, and yet I have on occasion found bluets several weeks in advance of these.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • Sometimes they have sprays of arbutus in their button-holes, or bunches of hepatica.

    Expository Writing Mervin James Curl
  • Our houstonia and hepatica would probably become a deep blue in that country.

    Fresh Fields John Burroughs
  • The word expressed by the beautiful and hardy hepatica is confidence.

  • "I know what I'd like to have for the wild border—either wild ginger or hepatica," announced Helen after some thought.

    Ethel Morton's Enterprise Mabell S.C. Smith
  • How long do you think the leaves of hepatica remain on the plant?

  • Bloodroot and hepatica are like the dewdrops of early morning which disappear before the sun.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • "Be—in—flower—by—to-morrow—noon—for—Charlie—and—Winnie," dictated the hepatica.

    A Round Dozen Susan Coolidge
British Dictionary definitions for hepatica


any ranunculaceous woodland plant of the N temperate genus Hepatica, having three-lobed leaves and white, mauve, or pink flowers
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin: liverwort, from Latin hēpaticus of the liver
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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