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[mer-ten-see-uh, -shee-uh, -shuh]
  1. any of various plants belonging to the genus Mertensia, of the borage family, including the lungworts and the Virginia cowslip.
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Origin of mertensia

< New Latin (1797), after Franz Karl Mertens (died 1831), German botanist; see -ia
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  • I have found primroses, phlox, and mertensia on the summit of Long's Peak.

    The Rocky Mountain Wonderland

    Enos A. Mills

  • After flowering, the forsythia hides the disrobing Mertensia with its heavy sheet of foliage.

  • There are a good many kinds of Mertensia, natives of the northern hemisphere.

  • The old Pulmonaria (Mertensia virginica) is one of the loveliest spring flowers ever introduced.

    The Wild Garden

    William Robinson

  • The newer and more easily grown Mertensia sibirica is a lovely plant, taller and flowering longer.

    The Wild Garden

    William Robinson