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[dahy-sen-truh] /daɪˈsɛn trə/
any of several plants belonging to the genus Dicentra, of the fumitory family, having long clusters of drooping flowers, as the Dutchman's-breeches or the bleeding heart.
Origin of dicentra
1833; < New Latin < Greek díkentr(os) with two stings or spurs, equivalent to di- di-1 + -kentros, derivative of kéntron a spur, point, sting (derivative of kenteîn to prick, sting) + Latin -a -a2 Unabridged
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  • Where was only desolation, after countless days the dicentra hangs out its white flags in truce to the warring elements.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • A much more brilliantly coloured member of the same family is the dicentra (Diclytra) spectabilis, so familiar in our gardens.

  • Please look carefully at the enclosed specimen of dicentra thalictriformis, and throw away.

  • Now, let me see—Aquilegia, Dianthus barbatus, dicentra spectabilis—gracious!

    The Librarian at Play Edmund Lester Pearson
  • The arbutus and the dicentra appeared on the 10th, and the coltsfoot—which, however, is an importation—about the same time.

    A Year in the Fields John Burroughs
  • For larger vases, the dicentra is always pleasing, coming close after the Lily of the Valley.

    Amateur Gardencraft Eben E. Rexford
  • dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Heart), red and white; one to two feet; May.

    A Woman's Hardy Garden Helena Rutherfurd Ely
British Dictionary definitions for dicentra


any Asian or North American plant of the genus Dicentra, such as bleeding heart and Dutchman's-breeches, having finely divided leaves and ornamental clusters of drooping flowers: family Fumariaceae
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Greek dikentros having two sharp points, from di-1 + kentron sharp point, from kentein to prick; see centre
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