Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A perennial herb (Cardamine pratensis) in the mustard family, native to the northern temperate regions and having pinnate leaves and pink, purple, or sometimes white flowers. Also called lady's smock.
  • n. See ragged robin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Either of two flowering plants

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A species of Cardamine (Cardamine pratensis), or lady's smock. Its leaves are used in salads. Also, the ragged robin (Lychnis Flos-cuculi).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In old works, the ragged-robin, Lychnis Flos-cuculi.
  • n. Now, more generally, the lady's-smock, Cardamine pratensis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bitter cress of Europe and America
  • n. common perennial native to Europe and western Asia having usually pink flowers with ragged petals
  • n. a bitter cress of Europe and America

Etymologies

From the association of its time of blooming with the cuckoo's spring call.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Further down, below the moor, the laneside verge was bright with lady's-smock, the so-called cuckooflower that blooms when the first cuckoo calls.

    Country Diary: North Derbyshire

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