cow-slip

cowslip

[kou-slip]
noun
1.
an English primrose, Primula veris, having fragrant yellow flowers.
2.
the marsh marigold.
3.
shooting star ( def 2 ).

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English cowslyppe, Old English cūslyppe, equivalent to cow1 + slyppe, slypa slime; see slip3

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cowslip (ˈkaʊˌslɪp)
 
n
1.  Also called: paigle a primrose, Primula veris, native to temperate regions of the Old World, having fragrant yellow flowers
2.  (US), (Canadian) another name for marsh marigold
 
[Old English cūslyppe; see cow1, slip³]

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cowslip
O.E. cu-slyppe, apparently from cu "cow" + slyppe "slop, slobber, dung."
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