• Potentilla Fruticosa, L
    Potentilla Fruticosa, L
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Potentilla chiefly perennial northern hemisphere herbs and shrubs: cinquefoil
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n potentilla A large genus of rosaceous plants, type of the tribe Potentilleæ, characterized by the numerous pistils on the dry receptacle, styles not lengthened after flowering, four or five bracts below the calyx, and many stamens in a single row. The number of species has been estimated at from 160 to 260, most common in temperate and cold northern regions, only two being as yet known south of the equator. They are herbs or undershrubs, with mainly alternate pinnate or palmate leaves, adnate stipules, and usually white or yellow, often clustered, flowers. Several species are frequently called wild strawberry, as P. Canadensis in the Atlantic States and P. Fragariastrum in England, but, while they are often very much like the true strawberry, Fragaria, in habit, the latter is always different in its fleshy receptacle. (See cinquefoil and fivefinger.) Many brilliant-flowered species are occasional in cultivation, under the name potentilla. P. anserina is called in England goose-tansy, wild tansy, goose-grass, and silverweed. For P. Tormentilla, the most in repute in medicine, also known as septfoil, see tormentil and bloodroot, 1.
    • n potentilla [lowercase] A plant of this genus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Potentilla pō-ten-til′ä a genus of plants of the natural order Rosaceæ, differing from Fragaria (strawberry) in the fruit having a dry instead of a succulent receptacle—well-known varieties are silver-weed and wild strawberry.
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In literature:

Here are cress, blue violets, potentilla, and, in the damp of the willow fence-rows, white false asphodels.
"The Land of Little Rain" by Mary Austin
Potentilla gronlandica (on rocks near Kallmanstunga and Kollismola).
"Visit to Iceland and the Scandinavian North" by Ida Pfeiffer
In spite of all this, the charms of your daughter Potentilla have so fascinated me that I cannot live without her.
"The Green Fairy Book" by Various
Along the bed of this nullah, Crawfurdia speciosa, Potentilla, Choripetalum, Eurya, Ranunculus, Cardamina, Juncus!
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Potentilla argentea (Hairy Cinquefoil) .
"Handbook to the Severn Valley Railway Illustrative and Descriptive of Places along the Line from Worcester to Shrewsbury" by J. Randall
The mountain dock, mountain dandelion, and potentilla seldom fail to appear later.
"The Mountain that was 'God'" by John H. Williams
Potentilla fruticosa (Shrubby Cinquefoil).
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
The principal Arctic genera are Salix, Ranunculus, Draba, Pedicularis, Potentilla, Saxifraga, Carex, Juncus, Luzula, Eriophorum, and others.
"The History of the European Fauna" by R. F. Scharff
The double =potentillas= are glorious things for bedding, and are most uncommon looking.
"Small Gardens" by Violet Purton Biddle
In spite of all this, the charms of your daughter Potentilla have so fascinated me that I cannot live without her.
"The Green Fairy Book" by Various
Potentilla Monspeliensis, Rough cinquefoil.
"Seeds of Michigan Weeds" by W. J. (William James) Beal
Flower as in Potentilla.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray