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Any of various plants of the genus Sanicula of the parsley family, having compound umbels of small yellow, purple, or greenish flowers and fruit with hooked bristles, formerly used as an astringent.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin sānicula, probably from Latin sānus, healthy.]
(Plants) any umbelliferous plant of the genus Sanicula, of most regions except Australia, having clusters of small white flowers and oval fruits with hooked bristles: formerly thought to have healing powers
[C15: via Old French from Medieval Latin sānicula, probably from Latin sānus healthy]
san•i•cle(ˈsæn ɪ kəl)
any plant belonging to the genus Sanicula, of the parsley family, as S. marilandica, of North America, used in medicine.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin sānicula]
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|Noun||1.||sanicle - a plant of the genus Sanicula having palmately compound leaves and unisexual flowers in panicled umbels followed by bristly fruit; reputed to have healing powers|
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
footsteps-of-spring, Sanicula arctopoides - sanicle of northwestern United States and British Columbia having yellow flowers
purple sanicle, Sanicula bipinnatifida - sanicle of northwestern United States and British Columbia having yellow or red or purple flowers