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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 of buttercup
1505-1515
1505-15; butter + cup, from color and shape of flower
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  • We will now pass for a moment out of Bowick parish, and go over to buttercup.

    Dr. Wortle's School Anthony Trollope
  • He bit his lip and struck with his cane at the buttercup heads.

  • "Oh rubbish" laughed Helen and she stooped down to pick a buttercup.

    Daisy Ashford: Her Book Daisy Ashford
  • I was just looking into this buttercup that I'm sitting on when you flew up and spoke to me.

    The Tale of Betsy Butterfly Arthur Scott Bailey
  • It grieves me to tell you that buttercup (the spotted cow with one horn, Mother of Lesbia) has done a disgraceful thing.

    Daddy Long-Legs Jean Webster
  • buttercup was more than half-way between Carstairs and Bowick.

    Dr. Wortle's School Anthony Trollope
  • And the first violet or buttercup which is found,—we never think any other half so pretty.

    Aunt Kitty's Tales Maria J. McIntosh
  • This buttercup has both, has both the male and the female principle.

    Every Girl's Book George F. Butler
  • You cannot easily pull up a buttercup root, or that of any flower of the meadows.

  • The leaves of this buttercup are dark green, with soft hairs all over them.

British Dictionary definitions for buttercup

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 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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