• Genera of Hepaticae
    Genera of Hepaticae
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hepatica a common liverwort
    • n hepatica any of several plants of the genus Hepatica having three-lobed leaves and white or pinkish flowers in early spring; of moist and mossy subalpine woodland areas of north temperate regions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hepatica (Bot) A genus of pretty spring flowers closely related to Anemone; squirrel cup.
    • Hepatica (bot) Any plant, usually procumbent and mosslike, of the cryptogamous class Hepaticæ; -- called also scale moss and liverwort. See Hepaticæ, in the Supplement.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hepatica The liverleaf, Anemone Hepatica (Hepatica triloba). The old genus Hepatica of Dillenius may be regarded as a subgenus of Anemone.
    • n hepatica Any liverwort; a cryptogamic plant of the family Hepaticœ.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns.pl Hepatica medicines which affect the liver and its appendages
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. See Hepatic. So called in allusion to the shape of the lobed leaves or fronds
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. hēpar, hēpătos, the liver.


In literature:

And she has found your hepaticas.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
We know it is Hepatica, the child of El Sol and Snowroba.
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
Here, also, grew hepatica, and wood sorrel.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
A little crowd of hepaticas at the root of a tree in the woods is one of the most charming sights of spring.
"The Renewal of Life; How and When to Tell the Story to the Young" by Margaret Warner Morley
Spring comes in Washington and Madison Squares with signs no less unmistable than the hepaticas by the woodland road.
"Penguin Persons & Peppermints" by Walter Prichard Eaton
Hepatica, woody hill-sides; Middle States.
"Harper's Young People, April 13, 1880" by Various
HEPATICA, changed by transplantation, i.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Robert could have kissed the earliest knot of red and blue hepaticas which bloomed at the base of a log-heap.
"Cedar Creek" by Elizabeth Hely Walshe
The hepaticas are finer than ever... How very early for iris!
"Lady Cassandra" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
I love the fragrance of the first pink and blue hepaticas which have hardly any scent at all.
"The American Country Girl" by Martha Foote Crow
There are trout lilies, Solomon's-seal, Hepaticae and many other varieties of flowers.
"Legends of the Skyline Drive and the Great Valley of Virginia" by Carrie Hunter Willis
Shall I bring back the primroses and the hepatica?
"The Third Class at Miss Kaye's" by Angela Brazil
It was the voice of the lilac hepatica.
"A Round Dozen" by Susan Coolidge
She had never seen such white hepaticas, or so many, or so placed.
"Atlantic Narratives"
They are not as lovely in the woodlands as their earlier coming neighbor, the shy, pure Hepatica.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle
The purple Hepatica opened her soft eye in the woods, and the delicate Sanguinaria spread her snowy bosom to catch the pale sunbeam.
"Delusion, or The Witch of New England" by Eliza Buckminster Lee
Then breake into it alum glasse and put in a little of the pouder of aloes hepatica.
"The Doctor in History, Literature, Folk-Lore, Etc." by Various
Hepaticas I have tried over and over again, and they always fail.
"A Year in a Lancashire Garden" by Henry Arthur Bright
Then breake into it alum glasse and put in a little of the pouder of aloes hepatica.
"A Book about Doctors" by John Cordy Jeaffreson
If one wanders in the woods it is quite usual to find hepatica and arbutus making their way up through the leaves.
"The Carter Girls' Mysterious Neighbors" by Nell Speed

In poetry:

Is the princess worth your knowing?
Then haste, for the spring is brief,
And find the Hepatica growing,
Hid under a last year’s leaf!
"A Fairy Tale" by Helen Gray Cone
In the frail hepaticas,—
That the early Springtide tossed,
Sapphire-like, along the ways
Of the woodlands that she crossed,—
I behold, with other eyes,
Footprints of a dream that flies.
"Hepaticas" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Self-pollinating hepatica is one the earliest wildflowers to bloom in spring.
Wild weekend of flowers, hepatica by horseback and plant-your-own ephemerals.
On this date, without fail, Hepatica blooms in my yard.