lords-and-ladies

lords-and-ladies

[lawrdz-uhn-ley-deez]
noun, plural lords-and-ladies.
(used with a singular verb) cuckoopint.

Origin:
1750–60

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lords-and-ladies
 
n
(functioning as singular) another name for cuckoopint

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lords-and-ladies

(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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