- 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
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Examples from the Web for hepatica
Sometimes they have sprays of arbutus in their buttonholes, or bunches of hepatica.The Wit of a Duck and Other Papers
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.
- any ranunculaceous woodland plant of the N temperate genus Hepatica, having three-lobed leaves and white, mauve, or pink flowers
C16: from Medieval Latin: liverwort, from Latin hēpaticus of the liver