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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.]
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cuck•oo•flow•er(ˈku kuˌflaʊ ər, ˈkʊk u-)
any of various plants, as the lady's-smock or ragged robin, whose time of blooming is associated with the cuckoo's spring call.
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