Definitions

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

  • n. Any of numerous plants of the genus Ranunculus, including the buttercups.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any plant of the genus Ranunculus; the buttercup or crowfoot.

Etymologies

New Latin Rānunculus, genus name, from Latin rānunculus, a kind of medicinal plant, diminutive of rāna, frog, perhaps of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin rānunculus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • _ A species of crow-foot, or ranunculus, growing plentifully in pastures; _ranunculus pratensis.

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  • In Germany, the moss rose is known as the ranunculus rose.

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  • He had overheard his mom brag about the "killing" she had made on some cripple ranunculus (the lady at the supermarket practically gave the flowers away, rather than toss them out).

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  • So when Glenn came knocking on her door a year after she walked out of his, bearing a bouquet of out-of-season ranunculus, she welcomed him back with cautiously open arms, sick of hoping to meet him, ready to be an us again.

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  • I've been putting little bunches of one kind of bloom or tree, in this case into tiny Moroccan-style shot glasses I found at Sur La Table this past weekend, and I bought a gorgeous bunch of ranunculus at the farmer's market that is a perfect fit for the Austrian pottery vase I stole from my mother:

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  • The calendula and ranunculus photos came out the best, but do not really convey those gardens personalities.

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  • And the challenges arrived: Stories with titles like “She Killed Me Twice”, “The Brain That Exploded”, “The Pachyderm Wore Pink” and “Single White Fee Male” with words like ranunculus, vaginate and carronade. 300 stories later, here for the first time in print are 180 of the best.

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  • I can never ever get enough peonies or ranunculus.

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  • What a beautiful shot--and I love peonies and ranunculus ranunculi?

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  • I love setting out new plants - blueberry, nettle, ranunculus, basil, etc.

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