any of a genus (Saxifraga) of chiefly perennial plants of the saxifrage family, with small white, yellow, purple, or pinkish flowers, and with leaves massed usually at the base of the plant
Origin of saxifrageMiddle English from Middle French from Classical Latin saxifraga from saxum, a rock (see saxatile) + base of frangere, to break: probably from growing in rock crevices
designating a family (Saxifragaceae, order Rosales) of dicotyledonous plants found chiefly in the North Temperate and Arctic zones, including the currants and gooseberries
Any of numerous herbs of the genus Saxifraga, having small, variously colored flowers and leaves that often form a basal rosette.
Origin of saxifrageMiddle English from Old French from Late Latin (herba) saxifraga maidenhair fern feminine of Latin saxifragus rock-breaking (from its being found growing in rock crevices) saxum rock ; see sek- in Indo-European roots. frangere frag- to break ; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.