• WordNet 3.6
    • n buttercup any of various plants of the genus Ranunculus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are more than 700 species of plants that grow in the United States that have been identified as dangerous if eaten. Among them are some that are commonly favored by gardeners: buttercups, daffodils, lily of the valley, sweet peas, oleander, azalea, bleeding heart, delphinium, and rhododendron.
    • n Buttercup (Bot) A plant of the genus Ranunculus, or crowfoot, particularly Ranunculus bulbosus, with bright yellow flowers; -- called also butterflower golden cup, and kingcup. It is the cuckoobud of Shakespeare.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n buttercup A name given to most of the common species of Ranunculus with bright-yellow cup-shaped flowers and divided leaves, such as
    • n buttercup A small, square sugar-plum, colored in a variety of tints, and somewhat creamy inside.
    • n buttercup Ranunculus septentrionalis, a vigorous species growing on wet ground in the eastern half of the United States, with the later branches prostrate and rooting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Buttercup a plant of the Crowfoot genus, with a cup-like flower of a golden yellow
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. butere; Ger. butter; both from L. butyrum—Gr. boutyronbous ox, tyros, cheese.


In literature:

With a buttercup she makes a yellow one.
"Little Jack Rabbit's Adventures" by David Cory
The seats fill, the organ sounds forth, "I'm called Little Buttercup," and away they float as light as feathers.
"Harper's Young People, June 1, 1880" by Various
Buttercups Yellow Banks and fields.
"Harper's Young People, June 8, 1880" by Various
And the fields, look, knee-deep in long grasses and daisies and buttercups.
"Daisy's Aunt" by E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
Where are the buttercups and beautiful blue iris from the field below the hill?
"The Trail of a Sourdough" by May Kellogg Sullivan
The old oaks and the buttercups and the village rector and the dear cows.
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, July 8, 1914" by Various
Shall not the babe and buttercup rejoice, Twins in one meadow?
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851" by Various
Then you again shall dine and sup On daisy white and buttercup.
"Pinafore Palace" by Various
Golden glistened the buttercups among the shamrock.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
He had even ventured a little way up the meadow-path, but it made him giddy to stoop to pick a buttercup.
"Amaryllis at the Fair" by Richard Jefferies

In poetry:

And buttercups are coming,
And scarlet columbine,
And in the sunny meadows
The dandelions shine.
"Spring" by Celia Laighton Thaxter
"For picnics and for rambles
A polished buttercup.
If hats were made of flowers,
How people would dress up!"
"June" by Nancy Byrd Turner
Only the children come there,
For buttercups in May,
Or nuts in autumn, where it lies
Dreaming the hours away.
"The Deserted Pasture" by Bliss William Carman
Oh, he can be the forest,
And he can be the sun,
Or a buttercup, or an hour of rest
When the weary day is done.
"The Robe Of Christ" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
He lived on curds and whey,
And daily sang their praises,
And then he'd go and play
With buttercups and daisies.
"The Rival Curates" by William Schwenck Gilbert
A robin who had flown too high
And felt a little lazy
Was resting near this buttercup
Who wished she were a daisy.
"Discontent" by Sarah Orne Jewett

In news:

To kick off the fun, Drybar has brought a 13-foot, working version of Buttercup, the company's official hair dryer mascot, along for the ride—and it's giving free blowouts to the first ten people who spot her around town.
Ben, Buttercup, Alvin, Squimmy and George Bush were a few of the fish's names that students provided before sending the fish down stream.
Six years after attempting to cheat on her on How I Met Your Mother, Ted gets the shock of his life when he spots Miss Buttercup herself, Victoria (Ashley Williams), catering the Architects Ball.
1 ½ - 2 pounds winter squash (butternut, buttercup, etc.
View full size The Oregonian Buttercup Squash.
Acorn, butternut, buttercup, or sweet dumpling squashes would all work well in this simple recipe.
MAKES 10 BUTTERCUPS Note that while 99 percent of our recipes call for large eggs, medium eggs are called for here.
Get a Free Blowout at Drybar by Tweeting a Pic of "Buttercup," a 13-Foot Yellow Hair Dryer Mascot.
Michael Keaton to direct 'Buttercup'.
In the midst of a career resurgence following his casting as the villain in "RoboCop," Michael Keaton has become attached to direct the indie dramedy "Buttercup" for Michael London's Groundswell Prods.
Geraldine (Geri) Moreland , 66, of Buttercup Rd.
My knowledge of slug taxomy is limited to "red ones," "black ones" (which I have seen polkadotting a stand of buttercup) and of course the famous "banana slugs .".
Try this custard pie with buttercup squash , a sweet, orange-fleshed variety that bakes up luscious, light and surprisingly creamy.
Starchy winter squashes like buttercup, sunshine, kabocha and blue hubbard roast best, in my opinion, because the starch adds body and the chunks don't wither away.
Orange, Jadeite Green, Lemonade, White, Beach Blue, Buttercup Yellow, Cherry Red, Pink.