from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several plants in the buttercup family with yellow flowers, especially the marsh marigold.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The marsh-marigold, Cultha palustris.
  • noun A plant: same as goldcup.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) The common buttercup.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun swamp plant of Europe and North America having bright yellow flowers resembling buttercups
  • noun any of various plants of the genus Ranunculus


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  • 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 Maurice Hewlett 1892

  • "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 Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing 1863

  • 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 | 2010

  • 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 1779


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