Sagina

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Sagina small low-growing annual or perennial herbs of temperate and cool regions
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sagina A genus of polypetalous plants of the order Caryophylleæ, the pink family, and of the tribe Alsineæ. It is characterized by having four or five sepals, a one-celled ovary bearing four or five styles and splitting in fruit into as many valves, both styles and valves alternate with the sepals, and by the absence of stipules and sometimes of petals, which when present are entire and four or five in number. There are about 9 species, natives of temperate and colder parts of the northern hemisphere, with one species, S. procumbens, also widely diffused through the southern hemisphere. They are annual or perennial close-tufted little herbs with awl-shaped leaves; the herbage is at first tender, but later forms dry wiry mats, with minute white flowers generally raised on long pedicels. A general name for the species is pearlwort. S. glabra is a minute but beautiful alpine species of Europe, which in the garden can be formed into a velvety carpet, in spring and early summer dotted with white blossoms.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sagina sa-jī′na a genus of polypetalous plants of the pink family
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sagināre, to fatten.