- any plant of the genus Androsace, of the primrose family, having basal leaves and white or reddish flowers.
Origin of androsace
< New Latin < Greek andrósakes a marine plant (perhaps equivalent to andrós (genitive of anḗr man) + -akes, derivative of ákos cure); probably misconstrued by Linnaeus as a compound with Greek sákos shield
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Examples from the Web for androsace
In more sunny places a Primula and Androsace were in full flower.
In another part grew an Androsace with two drooping flowers.Lachesis Lapponica
Carl von Linn
Wild flowers had also begun to vegetate: a violet was in flower on the banks of streamlets, as well as a Primula and an Androsace.