Liverwort Liv"er*wort`, n. (Bot.) 1. A ranunculaceous plant ({Anemone Hepatica}) with pretty white or bluish flowers and a three-lobed leaf; -- called also {squirrel cups}. [1913 Webster]

2. A flowerless plant ({Marchantia polymorpha}), having an irregularly lobed, spreading, and forking frond. [1913 Webster]

Note: From this plant many others of the same order ({Hepatic[ae]}) have been vaguely called liverworts, esp. those of the tribe {Marchantiace[ae]}. See Illust. of {Hepatica}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Liverwort — may refer to either * Marchantiophyta, a division of non vascular plants. * Hepatica , a genus of spring flowers.Liverwort is the common name for Phlym Hepatophyta which belongs to Kingdom Plantae. Hepatophytes are the nonvascular plants …   Wikipedia

  • liverwort — late O.E. lifenwyrt, from lifer (see LIVER (Cf. liver) (n.1)) + wyrt (see WORT (Cf. wort)). A loan translation of M.L. hepatica. Applied to various plants with liver shaped leaves or that were used to treat liver disorders. Cf. Ger. leberkraut …   Etymology dictionary

  • liverwort — ► NOUN ▪ a small flowerless green plant with leaf like stems or lobed leaves, lacking true roots and reproducing by spores …   English terms dictionary

  • liverwort — [liv′ər wʉrt΄] n. [ME: see LIVER1 & WORT2: so called from having liver shaped parts] any of two classes (Hepaticopsida and Anthocerotopsida) of bryophytes, often forming dense, green, mosslike mats on logs, rocks, or soil in moist places …   English World dictionary

  • liverwort — /liv euhr werrt , wawrt /, n. any mosslike plant of the class Hepaticae, growing chiefly on damp ground, rocks, or on tree trunks and helping the decay of logs and the disintegration of rocks. [bef. 1100; ME; late OE liferwyrt. See LIVER1, WORT2] …   Universalium

  • liverwort — Hepatica He*pat i*ca, n.; pl. {Hepatic[ae]}. [NL. See {Hepatic}. So called in allusion to the shape of the lobed leaves or fronds.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) A genus of pretty spring flowers closely related to Anemone; squirrel cup. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Liverwort — Hepaticophyta Hépatiques …   Wikipédia en Français

  • liverwort — žibuoklė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Šeima. Vėdryniniai – Ranunculaceae Juss. atitikmenys: lot. Hepatica angl. hepatica; liverwort vok. Leberblümchen rus. перелеска; печeночница lenk. przylaszczka …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • liverwort — noun Date: before 12th century 1. any of a class (Hepaticae) of bryophytic plants characterized by a thalloid gametophyte or sometimes an upright leafy gametophyte that resembles a moss 2. hepatica …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • liverwort — noun /ˈlɪv.ə.wɜːt,ˈlɪv.ɚ.wɝːt,ˈlɪv.ɚ.wɔːrt/ A bryophyte (includes mosses, liverworts, and hornworts) with a leafy stem or leafless thallus characterized by a dominant gametophyte stage and a lack of stomata on the sporophyte stage of the life… …   Wiktionary

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