Origin of saxifrage
Examples from the Web for saxifrage
Saxifrage, and stone-crop and house-leek are here in variety.Nature Near London|Richard Jefferies
Doris brought in the first violets on the fifteenth, with a few wisps of saxifrage and ragged robin.Kit of Greenacre Farm|Izola Forrester
Only where tiny streams trickled and sang through rocks and shallow courses, grew ferns and the huge leaves of the saxifrage.The Rules of the Game|Stewart Edward White
March 10—Poplar and willow catkins started; also equisetum (horse-tail), saxifrage, and probably other water plants.
Pistil of a Saxifrage, of two simple carpels or pistil-leaves, united at the base only, cut across both above and below.The Elements of Botany|Asa Gray
British Dictionary definitions for saxifrage
Word Origin for saxifrage
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.