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[an-dros-uh-kee, -uh-see]
  1. any plant of the genus Androsace, of the primrose family, having basal leaves and white or reddish flowers.
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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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Historical Examples

  • In more sunny places a Primula and Androsace were in full flower.

    Western Himalaya and Tibet

    Thomas Thomson

  • 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.