Definition of hepatica in English:



  • A plant of the buttercup family with flowers similar to those of the anemone, native to northern temperate regions.

    Genus Hepatica, family Ranunculaceae

    • ‘Twenty feet high, the cataract drops its riches into the upper end of the pool, cloaked by hepatica and trailing vines.’
    • ‘On this day, the first hepatica buds were poking through the leaf mat, and some were opening into startlingly light-blue flowers.’
    • ‘It gathered flowers from the forest floor as they walked: yellow celandine and primrose, pale anemone, pink-veined wood sorrel, purple hepatica, lilac and plum violets.’
    • ‘The forest has not been cut for 300 years, and I found myself surrounded by ground flora such as Solomon's seal, lily of the valley, yellow wood anemone, toothwort, asarabacca, herb paris and hepatica.’
    • ‘Many of our loveliest spring wildflowers - trillium, wild ginger, Dutchman's breeches, and hepatica among them - simply can't compete.’


From medieval Latin hepatica (herba) ‘plant having liver-shaped parts, or one used to treat liver diseases’, feminine of hepaticus (see hepatic).