cerastium

cerastium

[suh-ras-tee-uhm]
noun, plural cerastiums.
any of various low-growing plants of the genus Cerastium, having leaves covered with whitish or grayish down and small white flowers, and including mouse-ear chickweed and snow-in-summer.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (Linnaeus) < Greek kerást(ēs) horned (see cerastes) + Neo-Latin -ium -ium; so called from the horn-shaped seed capsules of some species

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