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Any of several woodland plants of the genus Hepatica of the buttercup family, especially H. americana of eastern North America, having three-lobed leaves and white or lavender flowers. Hepaticas are sometimes classified in the genus Anemone. Also called liverleaf.
[Middle English epatica, liverwort, from Medieval Latin hēpatica, from feminine of Latin hēpaticus, of the liver; see hepatic.]
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(Plants) any ranunculaceous woodland plant of the N temperate genus Hepatica, having three-lobed leaves and white, mauve, or pink flowers
[C16: from Medieval Latin: liverwort, from Latin hēpaticus of the liver]
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he•pat•i•ca(hɪˈpæt ɪ kə)
n., pl. -cas.
any plant of the genus Hepatica, of the buttercup family, having heart-shaped leaves and delicate purplish or white flowers.
[1540–50; < Medieval Latin: liverwort]
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|Noun||1.||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|
genus Hepatica - small genus of perennial herbs of north temperate regions; allied to genus Anemone
|2.||hepatica - a common liverwort |
hepatic, 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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