from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous herbs of the genus Ranunculus, native chiefly to temperate and cold regions and having acrid juice, often toothed or lobed leaves, and usually yellow or white flowers with numerous pistils.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of many herbs, of the genus Ranunculus, having yellow flowers; the crowfoot.
- n. Any flower of the genus Narcissus; a daffodil
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A plant of the genus Ranunculus, or crowfoot, particularly Ranunculus bulbosus, with bright yellow flowers; -- called also butterflower, golden cup, and kingcup. It is the cuckoobud of Shakespeare.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given to most of the common species of Ranunculus with bright-yellow cup-shaped flowers and divided leaves, such as
- n. A small, square sugar-plum, colored in a variety of tints, and somewhat creamy inside.
- n. Ranunculus septentrionalis, a vigorous species growing on wet ground in the eastern half of the United States, with the later branches prostrate and rooting.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various plants of the genus Ranunculus
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They will gladly accept the conclusion that the marvellous qualities and activities of living things and that inscrutable wonder, the mind of man, are outcomes of the orderly process of Nature no less than are the miracles which we call a buttercup, a rock crystal, a glacier, the noon-day sun!
Lieutenant Peary found making gay the frosty fields of Greenland, in buttercup-yellow and orange and white; the great Orientals, gorgeous beyond expression; the immense single white California variety.
Mar 2nd, 2010 at 2: 37 pm kcijones001: buttercup is 400 times better than magnolia; cake is better, not great because they’re not consistent ..
But the glitter of the buttercup, which is as nothing to the glitter of a gold dollar in the eyes of a practical farmer, fills him with wrath when this immigrant takes possession of his pastures.
Like the ox-eye daisy, the buttercup is a typical meadow flower, tall, so that it tops the grasses and catches the sun in its petals, thin-foliaged, for no real grass-growing flower has broad or remarkable leaves, and with
The outskirts of this level water-meadow were diversified by rounded and hollow pastures, where just now every flower that was not a buttercup was a daisy.
Also known as buttercup, it is sweet but not watery and its texture reminds me of chestnuts.
Great care should be taken, however, that it is a plant of the correct species, for in the etiquette of courtship all flowers have different meanings and many a promising affair has been ruined because a suitor sent his lady a buttercup, meaning "That's the last dance I'll ever take you to, you big cow," instead of a plant with a more tender significance.
The buttercup which is tall with a flower at the end of a high firm stalk and leaves with slender spike fingers, if it grows in an open meadow, becomes a stunted flower on a short stem, and its leaves form squat webs, in order to force its growth on a close-cropped lawn.
You lack the intellect to go toe to toe with nov, "buttercup"!
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