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cuckoopint

[koo-koo-pahynt, koo k-oo-] /ˈku kuˌpaɪnt, ˈkʊk u-/
noun
1.
a common European arum, Arum maculatum.
Also called lords-and-ladies.
Origin
late Middle English
1545-1555
1545-55; apocopated variant of obsolete cuckoopintle, late Middle English cokkupyntel (see cuckoo, pintle); its spadix is pintle-shaped
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British Dictionary definitions for cuckoo-pint

cuckoopint

/ˈkʊkuːˌpaɪnt/
noun
1.
a European aroid plant, Arum maculatum, with arrow-shaped leaves, a spathe marked with purple, a pale purple spadix, and scarlet berries Also called lords-and-ladies, (chiefly US) wake-robin
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Encyclopedia Article for cuckoo-pint

cuckoopint

(Arum maculatum), a tuberous herb of the arum family, order Arales, native to southern Europe and northern Africa. Like many other aroids, cuckoopint contains a bitter, sometimes poisonous sap; the red berries are particularly toxic. In England, where it is common in woods and hedgerows, it is also known as wake-robin.

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