cuckooflower


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cuck·oo·flow·er

 (ko͞o′ko͞o-flou′ər, ko͝ok′o͞o-)
n.
1. A perennial herb (Cardamine pratensis) in the mustard family, native to the northern temperate regions and having pinnate leaves and pink, purple, or sometimes white flowers. Also called lady's smock.
2. The ragged robin plant.

[From the association of its time of blooming with the cuckoo's spring call.]

cuckooflower

(ˈkʊkuːˌflaʊə)
n
(Plants) another name for lady's-smock, ragged robin

cuck•oo•flow•er

(ˈku kuˌflaʊ ər, ˈkʊk u-)

n.
any of various plants, as the lady's-smock or ragged robin, whose time of blooming is associated with the cuckoo's spring call.
[1570–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cuckooflower - a bitter cress of Europe and Americacuckooflower - a bitter cress of Europe and America
bitter cress, bittercress - any of various herbs of the genus Cardamine, having usually pinnate leaves and racemes of white, pink or purple flowers; cosmopolitan except Antarctic
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