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pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
A weedy perennial herb (Linaria vulgaris) native to Eurasia, having narrow leaves and racemes of showy, long-spurred yellow and orange flowers.
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(Plants) (functioning as singular) any of various plants, such as toadflax, the flowers of which are of two shades of yellow
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n., pl. but•ter-and-eggs. (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
any of several plants whose flowers are of two shades of yellow, as the toadflax.
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Noun1.butter-and-eggs - common European perennial having showy yellow and orange flowersbutter-and-eggs - common European perennial having showy yellow and orange flowers; a naturalized weed in North America
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Linaria, Linaria - genus of herbs and subshrubs having showy flowers: spurred snapdragon
blue toadflax, Linaria canadensis, old-field toadflax - North American plant having racemes of blue-violet flowers
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Once reviled as an out-of-control weed, butter-and-eggs today is considered to be a refined and delicate wild flower.
An attractive plant, butter-and-eggs found favor as an ornamental in gardens across Europe and throughout the Mediterranean area before it was brought to America no later than 1672.
Found throughout the United States, butter-and-eggs is common in the East but is restricted to scattered local sites on the Pacific Coast.