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but·ter·cup

 (bŭt′ər-kŭp′)
n.
Any of numerous herbs of the genus Ranunculus, native chiefly to temperate and cold regions and having acrid juice, often toothed or lobed leaves, and usually yellow or white flowers with numerous pistils.

buttercup

(ˈbʌtəˌkʌp)
n
(Plants) any of various yellow-flowered ranunculaceous plants of the genus Ranunculus, such as R. acris (meadow buttercup), which is native to Europe but common throughout North America. See also crowfoot, goldilocks2, spearwort, lesser celandine

but•ter•cup

(ˈbʌt ərˌkʌp)

n.
any of numerous plants of the genus Ranunculus, having glossy yellow flowers and deeply cut leaves.
[1505–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.buttercup - any of various plants of the genus Ranunculusbuttercup - any of various plants of the genus Ranunculus
genus Ranunculus, Ranunculus - annual, biennial or perennial herbs: buttercup; crowfoot
meadow buttercup, Ranunculus acris, tall buttercup, tall crowfoot, tall field buttercup - perennial European buttercup with yellow spring flowers widely naturalized especially in eastern North America
common buttercup, Ranunculus bulbosus - perennial Old World buttercup with golden to sulphur yellow flowers in late spring to early summer; naturalized in North America
Mount Cook lily, Ranunculus lyalii, mountain lily - showy white-flowered perennial of New Zealand
Ranunculus occidentalis, western buttercup - perennial of western North America
creeping buttercup, creeping crowfoot, Ranunculus repens - perennial European herb with long creeping stolons
celery-leaved buttercup, cursed crowfoot, Ranunculus sceleratus - annual herb growing in marshy places
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
Translations
pryskyřník
smørblomst
leinikki
zlatica
キンポウゲ
미나리아재비
smörblomma
ดอกไม้ป่าดอกเล็กสีเหลือง
cây mao lương hoa vàng

buttercup

[ˈbʌtəkʌp] Nranúnculo m

buttercup

[ˈbʌtərkʌp] nbouton m d'orbutter dish nbeurrier m

buttercup

[ˈbʌtəˌkʌp] nranuncolo

buttercup

حَوْذان pryskyřník smørblomst Butterblume νεραγκούλα ranúnculo leinikki bouton-d’or zlatica ranuncolo キンポウゲ 미나리아재비 boterbloem soleie jaskier ranúnculo лютик smörblomma ดอกไม้ป่าดอกเล็กสีเหลือง düğün çiçeği cây mao lương hoa vàng 毛莨
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said Alice, as she leant against a buttercup to rest herself, and fanned herself with one of the leaves: `I should have liked teaching it tricks very much, if--if I'd only been the right size to do it
This horse is decidedly, or rather has been in his youth, a buttercup," resumed the stranger, continuing the remarks he had begun, and addressing himself to his auditors at the window, without paying the least attention to the exasperation of D'Artagnan, who, however placed himself between him and them.
Squash Blossom, Blue Eye, Plantain, and Buttercup have had the scarlet fever, but came easily through it.
One might instance the belief that two and two are four, that two things cannot be in the same place at the same time, nor one thing in two places, or that a particular buttercup that we are seeing is yellow.
Here there was a choke that couldn't be controlled, so he decapitated buttercups while he cleared his `confounded throat'.
It makes me think of all the yellow things I ever saw--not beautiful ones like buttercups, but old foul, bad yellow things.
Carter's cows, trod the short grass of the pasture, with its well-worn path running through gardens of buttercups and white- weed, and groves of ivory leaves and sweet fern.
And when the sunshine grew strong and lasting, so that the buttercups were thick in the meadows, Silas might be seen in the sunny midday, or in the late afternoon when the shadows were lengthening under the hedgerows, strolling out with uncovered head to carry Eppie beyond the Stone-pits to where the flowers grew, till they reached some favourite bank where he could sit down, while Eppie toddled to pluck the flowers, and make remarks to the winged things that murmured happily above the bright petals, calling "Dad-dad's" attention continually by bringing him the flowers.
In another second he was swung through the sunlight, and laid out breathing hard in a death-bed of buttercups and daisies.
Jeremy Fisher; he lived in a little damp house amongst the buttercups at the edge of a pond.
Then Thistle hastened to the lily, for her cup was deep, and the white leaves fell like curtains over the fragrant bed; he was a dainty little Elf, and could not sleep among the clovers and bright buttercups.
They thanked him and bade him good-bye, and turned toward the West, walking over fields of soft grass dotted here and there with daisies and buttercups.