Definition of sanicle in English:



  • A plant of the parsley family that has burrlike fruit.

    • ‘The steeper slopes and cliffs of Augill support a mixed woodland of ash, birch and rowan with an interesting ground flora including species such as bluebell, sanicle and wood avens.’
    • ‘Although she applied a fresh astringent of sanicle when she changed my bandages, the carrion trapped in the dewclaw infected the wound and it healed badly.’
    • ‘Sanicle is used as a gargle in sore throat, quinsy, and whenever an astringent gargle is required.’


Late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin sanicula, perhaps from Latin sanus ‘healthy’.