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cowslip

[kou-slip] /ˈkaʊ slɪp/
noun
1.
an English primrose, Primula veris, having fragrant yellow flowers.
2.
the marsh marigold.
3.
shooting star (def 2).
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English cowslyppe, Old English cūslyppe, equivalent to cow1 + slyppe, slypa slime; see slip3
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  • While fairies leave their cowslip cells and guard the happy spot.
  • Wetter sites produce the yellow cowslip or marsh marigold.
British Dictionary definitions for cowslip

cowslip

/ˈkaʊˌslɪp/
noun
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
Word Origin
Old English cūslyppe; see cow1, slip³
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Word Origin and History for cowslip
n.

Old English cu-slyppe, apparently from cu "cow" (see cow (n.)) + slyppe "slop, slobber, dung" (see slop (n.1)).

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