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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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  • Sometimes they have sprays of arbutus in their buttonholes, or bunches of hepatica.

  • Sometimes they have sprays of arbutus in their button-holes, or bunches of hepatica.

    Expository Writing Mervin James Curl
  • But beneath lay the soil that was to nurture the violet and the hepatica.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • The word expressed by the beautiful and hardy hepatica is confidence.

  • Look at a hepatica plant at night or very late in the afternoon.

  • How long do you think the leaves of hepatica remain on the plant?

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

    A Round Dozen Susan Coolidge
  • But hepatica's falling lashes could not quite conceal her pleasure in his pride.

    A Court of Inquiry Grace S. Richmond
  • "Of course I agree with her," responded hepatica, looking from him to me—and back again.

    A Court of Inquiry Grace S. Richmond
  • hepatica immediately set about making preparations for her dinner.

    A Court of Inquiry Grace S. Richmond
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
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