from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A low-growing plant, Primula veris, with yellow flowers.
- n. A plant in the buttercup family, Caltha palustris, growing in wet, boggy locations.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
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)