One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of a genus that includes lady's mantle and its relatives.
Genus Alchemilla, family Rosaceae
- ‘The queen is so close I can practically smell the bouquet of white alchemilla she's holding.’
- ‘Some of her favorite perennials include: Achillea, lobelia, alchemilla and tritoma.’
- ‘The outside comes in, in ad hoc bunches of alchemilla and marguerites, new potatoes, dill, basil, and bunches of mint, we wander out with cups of tea and notebooks.’
- ‘By far the most common alchemilla in most of Britain today is the robust garden plant Alchemilla Mollis.’
- ‘Euphorbia, hedera and alchemilla are prime examples.’
Modern Latin, from a medieval Latin diminutive of alchimia ‘alchemy’, from the belief that dew from the leaves of the plant could turn base metals into gold.
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