• WordNet 3.6
    • n Sanicula chiefly American herbs: sanicle
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sanicula A genus of umbelliferous plants, type of the tribe Saniculeæ. It is characterized by a two-celled ovary; by fruit forming a small bur usually covered with hooked bristles; and by flowers in small and commonly panicled umbels, with small bracts, most of the flowers unisexual, the staminate all pedicelled. There are about 12 species, chiefly North American, some South American, either in the Andes or beyond the tropics, a few existing elsewhere, particularly S. Europæa, widely distributed over the Old World. They are herbs with leaves palmately divided into three or five toothed or dissected segments, and irregularly compound umbels of small and usually greenish flowers. The name sanicle applies to the species in general; S. Marilandica of the eastern United States is also called black snakeroot. See sanicle.
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In literature:

Sanicula, occurrence of species in Azores.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
The most interesting plants were a Cyclocodon, Liriodendron, Sanicula: 32 species were collected.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith