liverwort

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n liverwort any of numerous small green nonvascular plants of the class Hepaticopsida growing in wet places and resembling green seaweeds or leafy mosses
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Liverwort A flowerless plant (Marchantia polymorpha), having an irregularly lobed, spreading, and forking frond.
    • Liverwort A ranunculaceous plant (Anemone Hepatica) with pretty white or bluish flowers and a three-lobed leaf; -- called also squirrel cups.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n liverwort Any plant of the cryptogamic family Hepaticæ. In general appearance they differ from mosses in having the stems bilateral, and the leaves usually two-ranked, though often there are rudiments of a third rank, never with a midvein.
    • n liverwort One of several other plants that suggest the liver by their form, or are supposed to be useful in diseases of the liver. Among them are the common agrimony, Agrimonia Eupatoria, and the liverleaf, Anemone Hepatica.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Liverwort any plant of the cryptogamic family Hepatic√¶, allied to mosses
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lifer; Ger. leber, Ice. lifr.

Usage

In literature:

For the liver, darthspine or camaepitis, germander, agrimony, fennel, endive, succory, liverwort, barberries.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
Take, for instance, the case of the liverworts.
"Scientific American Supplement, Vol. XXI., No. 531, March 6, 1886" by Various
I also fancy the liverwort, which surrounds them, rather helps them than otherwise.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
In none of the liverworts does the sporogonium develop by means of an apical cell, as is the rule in mosses.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
The spore fruit is more highly developed than in the liverworts, but never contains elaters.
"Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany" by Douglas Houghton Campbell
The mosses, liverworts, and lichens take possession of the trees and cover them with a unique decoration.
"The Mountain that was 'God'" by John H. Williams
Steep the liverwort in a quart of water down to half the quantity, then throw in the other ingredients while hot.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
Kidneywort, liverwort, are typical examples.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
As already remarked, Ferns probably developed out of the lower liverworts in the beginning of the primary period.
"The History of Creation, Vol. II (of 2)" by Ernst Haeckel
Lichens; Mosses, Scale Mosses, and Liverworts; Seaweeds.
"Selected List of Swan Sonnenschein & Co.'s Publications" by Swan Sonnenschein & Co.
Feeds on liverworts and fungi.
"Our British Snails" by John William Horsley
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In news:

All plants are not trimmed the same way, but it is less a matter of size and more a matter of the type of plant, liverwort (and moss), fern, stem or rosette.
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