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  1. any rosaceous plant or shrub of the N temperate genus Potentilla, having five-petalled flowersSee also cinquefoil (def. 1), silverweed (def. 1), tormentil
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Word Origin for potentilla

C16: New Latin, from Medieval Latin: garden valerian, from Latin potēns powerful, potent 1
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Historical Examples of potentilla

  • Do you think they are men that you bring them potentilla roots?

    The Myths of the North American Indians

    Lewis Spence

  • Potentilla anserina was very plentiful, and remarkably luxuriant.

  • Now the potentilla shows us, as it were, the primitive form of the strawberry.

  • This was surrounded by a high wall, and in it the charming Potentilla was imprisoned.

  • You may imagine how Potentilla lamented her sad fate, and entreated to be spared.