- any plant of the genus Saxifraga, certain species of which grow wild in the clefts of rocks, other species of which are cultivated for their flowers.
Origin of saxifrage
Examples from the Web for saxifrage
Is there a legend in connexion with this name; and in what county is this saxifrage so called?
You won't feel at all lonely if you have the companionship of the saxifrage.
She was content, too, and had forgotten about the saxifrage.
The saxifrage and bloodroot might, of course, have been seen a week earlier.In the Open
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They include a saxifrage, a mallow, a valerian, and several Composit.
- any saxifragaceous plant of the genus Saxifraga, characterized by smallish white, yellow, purple, or pink flowers
Word Origin and History for saxifrage
type of plant typically found in cold regions, late 14c., from Old French saxifrage (13c.), from Late Latin saxifraga, name of a kind of herb, from Latin saxifraga herba, literally "a rock-breaking herb," from saxifragus "stonebreaking," from saxum "stone, rock" + frag-, root of frangere "to break" (see fraction). Pliny says the plant was so called because it was given to dissolve gallstones, but a more likely explanation is that it was so called because it grows in crevices in rocks. (Latin used different words for "stone" and "gallstone" -- saxum and calculus). Related: Saxifragaceous.