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[suh-ras-tee-uh m]
noun, plural ce·ras·ti·ums.
  1. any of various low-growing plants of the genus Cerastium, having leaves covered with whitish or grayish down and small white flowers, and including mouse-ear chickweed and snow-in-summer.
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Origin of cerastium

< New Latin (Linnaeus) < Greek kerást(ēs) horned (see cerastes) + New Latin -ium -ium; so called from the horn-shaped seed capsules of some species
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Historical Examples of cerastium

  • This is the prettiest Cerastium, though not so "mousy" as some, and grows in dry as well as moist situations.

    Field Book of Western Wild Flowers

    Margaret Armstrong

  • The large-flowered Cerastium (C. alpinum) was here every where in abundance, and the prickly Lycopodium.

    Lachesis Lapponica

    Carl von Linn

  • Of the less conspicuous genera, the chick-weeds (Cerastium and Stellaria) are the most familiar.

  • In fig. 16 the biparous cyme is represented in the flowering branch of Cerastium.