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buttercup

[buht-er-kuhp] /ˈbʌt ərˌkʌp/
noun
1.
any of numerous plants of the genus Ranunculus, having glossy yellow flowers and deeply cut leaves.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; butter + cup, from color and shape of flower
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British Dictionary definitions for butter-cup

buttercup

/ˈbʌtəˌkʌp/
noun
1.
any of various yellow-flowered ranunculaceous plants of the genus Ranunculus, such as R. acris (meadow buttercup), which is native to Europe but common throughout North America See also crowfoot, goldilocks (sense 2), spearwort, lesser celandine
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Word Origin and History for butter-cup

buttercup

n.

type of small wildflower with a yellow bloom, 1777, from a merger of two older names, gold-cups and butterflower. See butter (n.) + cup (n.).

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