buttercup

buttercup

[buht-er-kuhp]
noun
any of numerous plants of the genus Ranunculus, having glossy yellow flowers and deeply cut leaves.

Origin:
1505–15; butter + cup, from color and shape of flower

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buttercup (ˈbʌtəˌkʌp)
 
n
crowfoot goldilocks spearwort See also lesser celandine 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

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buttercup
type of small wildflower with a yellow bloom, 1777, from a merger of two older names, gold-cups and butterflower.
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