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 (ko͞o′ko͞o-pīnt′, ko͝ok′o͞o-)
A European plant (Arum maculatum) having arrow-shaped leaves, a purple or sometimes yellowish spadix partially enclosed by a yellow-green spathe, and scarlet berries. Also called lords-and-ladies.

[From obsolete cuckoopintle, from Middle English cokkupintel : cokku, cuccu, cuckoo; see cuckoo + pintel, penis (from the form of the spadix ); see pintle.]


(Plants) a European aroid plant, Arum maculatum, with arrow-shaped leaves, a spathe marked with purple, a pale purple spadix, and scarlet berries. Also called: lords-and-ladies or wake-robin (chiefly US)


(ˈku kuˌpaɪnt, ˈkʊk u-)

a common European plant of the arum family, Arum maculatum.
[1545–55; apocopated variant of obsolete cuckoopintle, late Middle English cokkupyntel (see cuckoo, pintle); its spadix is pintle-shaped]
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Noun1.cuckoopint - common European arum with lanceolate spathe and short purple spadixcuckoopint - common European arum with lanceolate spathe and short purple spadix; emerges in early spring; source of a starch called arum
aroid, arum - any plant of the family Araceae; have small flowers massed on a spadix surrounded by a large spathe
genus Arum - type genus of the Araceae: tuberous perennial herbs of Europe and Asia with usually heart-shaped leaves
arum - starch resembling sago that is obtained from cuckoopint root


[ˌkʊkuːˈpaɪnt] Naro m
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italicum 'Marmoratum' is a close relation of our native arum, lords and ladies or cuckoo pint, and has the same stems of red berries in autumn.
These include cuckoo pint (Arum italicum) which have bright orange poisonous berries, as well as the fruit of cherry laurel, privet and rhamnus.
Arum italicum: This tuberous perennial, also known as Cuckoo pint, produces tiny springtime flowers.