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1. pl. crow·foots
a. Any of numerous plants of the genus Ranunculus that have palmately cleft or divided leaves.
b. Any of several other plants having leaves or other parts somewhat resembling a bird's foot.
2. pl. crow·feet (-fēt′)
a. An iron ball with four spikes arranged so that one always points upwards, used to delay the advance of mounted troops and infantry; a caltrop.
b. Nautical A set of small lines passed through holes of a batten or fitting to help support the backbone of an awning.
n, pl -footspl -feetpl -feet
1. (Plants) any of several plants of the genus Ranunculus, such as R. sceleratus and R. aquatilis (water crowfoot) that have yellow or white flowers and divided leaves resembling the foot of a crow. See also buttercup
2. (Plants) any of various other plants that have leaves or other parts resembling a bird's foot
3. (Nautical Terms) nautical a bridle-like arrangement of lines rove through a wooden block or attached to a ring for supporting an awning from above
4. (Military) military another name for caltrop
n., pl. -foots for 1, 2, -feet for 3-6.
1. any of various plants of the genus Ranunculus, of the buttercup family, esp. one with divided leaves suggestive of a bird's foot.
3. Naut. an arrangement of ropes to support an awning.
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|Noun||1.||crowfoot - any of various plants of the genus Ranunculus|
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
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