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  1. any plant belonging to the genus Hepatica, of the buttercup family, having heart-shaped leaves and delicate purplish, pink, or white flowers.
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Origin of hepatica

1540–50; < Medieval Latin: liverwort, noun use of feminine of Latin hēpaticus hepatic
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Examples from the Web for hepatica

Historical Examples

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

    The Wit of a Duck and Other Papers

    John Burroughs

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for hepatica


  1. any ranunculaceous woodland plant of the N temperate genus Hepatica, having three-lobed leaves and white, mauve, or pink flowers
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Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin: liverwort, from Latin hēpaticus of the liver
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