any of a genus (Hepatica) of small plants of the buttercup family, with three-lobed leaves and white, pink, blue, or purple flowers that bloom in early spring
Origin of hepaticaModern Latin (see hepatic): in allusion to its lobed, liver-shaped leaves
Any of several woodland plants of the genus Hepatica of the buttercup family, especially H. americana of eastern North America, having three-lobed leaves and white or lavender flowers. Hepaticas are sometimes classified in the genus Anemone. Also called liverleaf.
Origin of hepaticaMiddle English epatica, liverwort, from Medieval Latin h&emacron;patica, from feminine of Latin h&emacron;paticus, of the liver; see hepatic.