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.
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- n. common European arum with lanceolate spathe and short purple spadix; emerges in early spring; source of a starch called arum
The cuckoopint is an arum that appears in our woods in April, and is also known as lords-and-ladies, starch-root, Adam-and-Eve, bobbins and Wake Robin.
I give you this bouquetof saxifrage sneezewortspurge ragged robinasphodel lords-and-ladies.''
I remember my mother's horror when I ate the lords-and-ladies berries that still grow by the garden walls.
The others tempted chiefly with their treasures of hedge and ditch; the rapt surprise of the first lords-and-ladies, the rustle of a field-mouse, splash of a frog; while cool noses of brother-beasts were pushed at you through gate or gap.
Melbury mounted on the other side, and they drove on out of the grove, their wheels silently crushing delicate-patterned mosses, hyacinths, primroses, lords-and-ladies, and other strange and ordinary plants, and cracking up little sticks that lay across the track.
The first business of this part of the tongue is, therefore, to warn us emphatically against caustic substances and corrosive acids, against vitriol and kerosene, spirits of wine and ether, capsicums and burning leaves or roots, such as those of the common English lords-and-ladies.
Orchis-harlequins, cuckoo-plants, wild arums, more properly lords-and-ladies, were coming, and coming -- slowly; for had they not a long way to come, from the valley of the shadow of death into the land of life?
The annual survey of willd flowers by the charity Plantlife found plants that can tolerate high levels of nitrogen from the artificial fertilisers used in farming, like the common nettle, cow parsley and lords-and-ladies, are flourishing.
In the past, it had been February to Guida because the yellow Lenten lilies grew on all the sheltered cotils; March because the periwinkle and the lords-and-ladies came; May when the cliffs were a blaze of golden gorse and the perfume thereof made all the land sweet as a honeycomb.