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1: any of various plants of the genus Ranunculus [syn: buttercup, butterflower, butter-flower, crowfoot, goldcup, kingcup]
noun Date: 1777 any of a genus (Ranunculus of the family Ranunculaceae, the buttercup family) of herbs with yellow or white flowers and alternate leaves
n. any common yellow-flowered plant of the genus Ranunculus.
Buttercup But"ter*cup`, n. (Bot.) A plant of the genus Ranunculus, or crowfoot, particularly R. bulbosus, with bright yellow flowers; -- called also butterflower, golden cup, and kingcup. It is the cuckoobud of Shakespeare.
Cuckoobud Cuck"oo*bud" (k??k"??-b?d`), n. (Bot.) A species of Ranunculus (R. bulbosus); -- called also butterflower, buttercup, kingcup, goldcup. --Shak.
(buttercups) A buttercup is a small plant with bright yellow flowers. N-COUNT
n. King-cup, gold-cup, crowfoot, ranunculus, butter-flower.
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