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Saxifrage


SAX'IFRAGE, noun [Latin saqxifraga; composed of saxum, a stone, and frango, to break.]

A medicine that has the property of breaking or dissolving the stone in the bladder. But in botany, a genus of plants of many species. The burnet saxifrage is of the genus Pimpinella; the golden saxifrage is of the genus Chrysoplenium; the meadow saxifrage is of the genus Peucedanum.