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[san-i-kuh l]
  1. any plant belonging to the genus Sanicula, of the parsley family, as S. marilandica, of America, used in medicine.
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Origin of sanicle

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin sānicula, perhaps derivative of Latin sānus; see sane
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Historical Examples of sanicle

  • I would push my way through a tangle of sanicle, and beyond the trunk of a slim elm catch a gleam of white in the dusk.

    Everyday Adventures

    Samuel Scoville

  • Sanicle, san′ik′l, n. a plant of the genus Sanicula, the common wood-sanicle long supposed to have healing power.

  • Said to be an ancient Greek name of the Sanicle, of obscure meaning, strangely applied by Linnus to this plant.

British Dictionary definitions for sanicle


  1. any umbelliferous plant of the genus Sanicula, of most regions except Australia, having clusters of small white flowers and oval fruits with hooked bristles: formerly thought to have healing powers
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Word Origin for sanicle

C15: via Old French from Medieval Latin sānicula, probably from Latin sānus healthy
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