cuckoopint

cuckoopint

[koo-koo-pahynt, kook-oo-]
noun
a common European arum, Arum maculatum.
Also called lords-and-ladies.


Origin:
1545–55; apocopated variant of obsolete cuckoopintle, late Middle English cokkupyntel (see cuckoo, pintle); its spadix is pintle-shaped

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cuckoopint (ˈkʊkuːˌpaɪnt)
 
n
lords-and-ladies, Also called: wake-robin a European aroid plant, Arum maculatum, with arrow-shaped leaves, a spathe marked with purple, a pale purple spadix, and scarlet berries

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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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