He*pat"i*ca (?), n.; pl. Hepaticae (#). [NL. See Hepatic. So called in allusion to the shape of the lobed leaves or fronds.]

1. Bot.

A genus of pretty spring flowers closely related to Anemone; squirrel cup.

2. bot.

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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