spearwort

spearwort

[speer-wurt, -wawrt]
noun
any of several buttercups having lance-shaped leaves and small flowers, as Ranunculus ambigens, of the eastern U.S., growing in mud.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English sperewort, Old English sperewyrt. See spear1, wort2

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spearwort (ˈspɪəˌwɜːt)
 
n
See also buttercup any of several Eurasian ranunculaceous plants of the genus Ranunculus, such as R. flammula (lesser spearwort) and R. lingua (great spearwort), which grow in wet places and have long narrow leaves and yellow flowers

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