from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. See cuckoopint.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The plant cuckoo-pint or wake-robin, Arum maculatum: in allusion to its light- and dark-colored spadices, which suggest the two sexes. See Arum, Araceæ, and bulls-and-cows.
- n. The harlequin duck, Histrionicus minutus, on some parts of the North Atlantic coast of North America. See cut under harlequin, a.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. common European arum with lanceolate spathe and short purple spadix; emerges in early spring; source of a starch called arum
From its dark (lords) and light (ladies) spadices.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)