Origin: NL. See hepatic. So called in allusion to the shape of the lobed leaves or fronds.

1. (Science: botany) a genus of pretty spring flowers closely related to Anemone; squirrel cup.

2. (Science: botany) Any plant, usually procumbent and mosslike, of the cryptogamous class Hepaticae; called also scale moss and liverwort. See Hepaticae, in the supplement.

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