Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, either of two early-blooming little plants, Saxifraga trydactylites and Draba verna (Erophila vulgaris), regarded as curing whitlow. In later times the name has been confined to Draba verna (vernal whitlow-grass), and tbence extended to the whole genus. The section Erophila, however, of this genus, to which D. verna belongs, is now separated as an independent genus. See
Draba, and cut under silicle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) name given to several inconspicuous herbs, which were thought to be a cure for the whitlow, as Saxifraga tridactylites, Draba verna, and several species of Paronychia.
- n. annual weed of Europe and North America having a rosette of basal leaves and tiny flowers followed by oblong seed capsules
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