Definitions

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

  • n. Chiefly British Any of several plants with yellow flowers.
  • n. Chiefly British The marsh marigold.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A local name for various species of buttercup, or for the marsh marigold.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The common buttercup.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant: same as goldcup.
  • n. The marsh-marigold, Cultha 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. any of various plants of the genus Ranunculus

Etymologies

From king + cup. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is not their Florence or yours -- and, remember, I would strike at Tuscany through Florence, and throughout Tuscany keep my eye in her beam, -- but my own mellow kingcup of a town, the glowing heart of the whole Arno basin, whose suave and weather-warmed grace I shall try to catch and distil.

    Earthwork out of Tuscany Being Impressions and Translations of Maurice Hewlett

  • "May flowers" were put at the doors of houses and cattle-sheds, and these were not hawthorn blossoms, but the flowers of the kingcup, or marsh marigold.

    Miscellanea

  • Just when we were admiring a luscious colony of golden kingcup in a roadside hollow a solitary heron went by, slowly flapping its wings.

    Travel news, travel guides and reviews | guardian.co.uk

  • Our author thews us another fort of kingcup* ia the perfon of Latinus: he was deft en Jed from Saturn, and, as I remember* in the third degree.

    The Works of the English Poets

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