from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A genus of plants of the buttercup family including the winter aconite, Eranthis hyemalis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of dwarfspring-flowering herbs, of the natural order Ranun-culaceæ, allied to Helleborus.
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- n. winter aconite
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Among the minor bulbs, safe choices are snowdrops (Galanthus); winter aconite (Eranthis); Scilla, Muscari, Chionodoxa and Hyacinthoides hispanica.
Eranthis and snowdrops hid away, closed and frozen beneath the white, and then when the final layer was gone for good, they pushed themselves up to signal renewal and spring flush among the few blades of grass that had stayed the winter out in Tæring.
_Epimedium_, _Viola_, &c., and as an exceptional occurrence I have seen them in _Ranunculus repens_, while in _Eranthis hyemalis_ transitions may frequently be seen between the flat outer segments of the perianth and the tubular petals.
_Eranthis hyemalis_, wherein the petals (nectaries) are tubular and the sepals flat, I have met with numerous instances of transition from the one form to the other, as shown in fig. 9, p. 24.
English form of its Greek and Latin name, but this name is now seldom used, being, by a curious perversion, solely given to the pretty little early-flowering Winter Aconite (_Eranthis hyemalis_), which is not a true Aconite, though closely allied; it then got the name of