American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A Eurasian primrose (Primula veris), usually having fragrant yellow flowers, widely cultivated as an ornamental, and long used in herbal medicine.
- n. See marsh marigold.
- n. The Virginia cowslip.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The popular name of several varieties of Primula veris, a favorite wild flower found in British pastures and hedge-banks, and cultivated in the United States. It has umbels of small, buff-yellow, scented flowers on short pedicels. Its flowers have been used as an anodyne.
- n. In the United States, the more common name of the marsh-marigold, Caltha palustris.
- n. A low-growing plant, Primula veris, with yellow flowers.
- n. North America, regional A plant in the buttercup family, Caltha palustris, growing in wet, boggy locations.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A common flower in England (Primula veris) having yellow blossoms and appearing in early spring. It is often cultivated in the United States.
- n. In the United States, the marsh marigold (Caltha palustris), appearing in wet places in early spring and often used as a pot herb. It is nearer to a buttercup than to a true cowslip. See
Illust.of Marsh marigold.
- n. swamp plant of Europe and North America having bright yellow flowers resembling buttercups
- n. early spring flower common in British isles having fragrant yellow or sometimes purple flowers
- From Middle English cowslyppe, from Old English cūslyppe ("cowslip"), from cū ("cow") + slyppe ("paste, viscid substance"), related to Old English slūpan ("to slip, glide, move softly"). Compare oxlip. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English cowslyppe, from Old English cūslyppe : cū, cow; see gwou- in Indo-European roots + slypa, slime; see sleubh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“We gathered a few, however, by way of doing our Maying, adding to them some violets scattered along the roadside, and a bunch of the golden flowers of the marsh marigold, which enticed us off the road into a low, boggy spot, by their bright blossoms; a handsome flower, this – the country people call it cowslip, though differing entirely from the true plant of that name.”
“Lordy massy, yest 'day arternoon I see yer Aunt Keziah an' yer Aunt Lois out a cuttin 'cowslip greens t'other side o' th 'river, an' the sun it shone so bright, an 'the turtles an' frogs they kind o 'peeped so pleasant, an' yer aunts they sot on the bank so kind o 'easy an' free, an 'I stood there a lookin' on 'em, an 'I could n't help a thinkin', 'Lordy messy, I wish t' I wus an old maid. ”
“_If a child be delicate, is there any objection to a little wine, such as cowslip or tent, to strengthen him_?”
“D'you know that the green of the cowslip is the most beautiful green in all Nature, Joan?”
“The warden and her volunteers had banished from the graveyard the regimental stripes of the lawn mower and the bleach lines of weed killers, encouraging instead a profusion of what nature writer Richard Mabey calls "the wild flowers of the English pastoral," such as primrose, lady's slipper and cowslip.”
“Roses vied for attention with more common blooms—cowslip, stock, gillyflowers, and white violets.”
“We happened to have already been growing this primula veris, the English cowslip, started from seed years ago.”
“That particular cowslip is different from the rest with that ball shape.”
“Comes dancing from the East, and leads with her The flow'ry May, who from her green lap throws The yellow cowslip, and the pale primrose.”
“Gaertner, though he took the greatest pains to cross the primrose and the cowslip, succeeded only once or twice in several years; and yet it is a well-established fact that the primrose and the cowslip are only varieties of the same kind of plant.”
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