from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of numerous small, green, nonvascular plants of the class Hepaticae within the division Bryophyta.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of bryophyte (includes mosses, liverworts, and hornworts) with a leafy stem or leafless thallus characterized by a dominant gametophyte stage and a lack of stomata on the sporophyte stage of the life cycle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A ranunculaceous plant (Anemone Hepatica) with pretty white or bluish flowers and a three-lobed leaf; -- called also squirrel cups.
  • n. A flowerless plant (Marchantia polymorpha), having an irregularly lobed, spreading, and forking frond.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any plant of the cryptogamic family Hepaticæ.
  • n. One of several other plants that suggest the liver by their form, or are supposed to be useful in diseases of the liver. Among them are the common agrimony, Agrimonia Eupatoria, and the liverleaf, Anemone Hepatica.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of numerous small green nonvascular plants of the class Hepaticopsida growing in wet places and resembling green seaweeds or leafy mosses


From its use in treating diseases of the liver.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From liver + Old English wort ("plant"), from the belief that some species looked like livers and were useful for treating the liver medicinally. (Wiktionary)



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  • Also known as Hepatic

    August 26, 2008