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n. pl. ra·nun·cu·lus·es or ra·nun·cu·li (-lī′)
Any of numerous plants of the genus Ranunculus, having yellow or white usually five-petaled flowers, and including the buttercups and the crowfoots.
[New Latin Rānunculus, genus name, from Latin rānunculus, a kind of medicinal plant, diminutive of rāna, frog, perhaps of imitative origin.]
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n, pl -luses or -li (-ˌlaɪ)
(Plants) any ranunculaceous plant of the genus Ranunculus, having finely divided leaves and typically yellow five-petalled flowers. The genus includes buttercup, crowfoot, spearwort, and lesser celandine
[C16: from Latin: tadpole, from rāna a frog]
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|Noun||1.||Ranunculus - annual, biennial or perennial herbs: buttercup; crowfoot|
magnoliid dicot genus - genus of dicotyledonous flowering plants regarded as among the most primitive of extant angiosperms
buttercup, butterflower, butter-flower, crowfoot, goldcup, kingcup - any of various plants of the genus Ranunculus
Ranunculus aquatilis, water buttercup, water crowfoot - plant of ponds and slow streams having submerged and floating leaves and white flowers; Europe and North America
lesser celandine, pilewort, Ranunculus ficaria - perennial herb native to Europe but naturalized elsewhere having heart-shaped leaves and yellow flowers resembling buttercups; its tuberous roots have been used as a poultice to relieve piles
lesser spearwort, Ranunculus flammula - semiaquatic Eurasian perennial crowfoot with leaves shaped like spears; naturalized in New Zealand
Ranunculus glaberrimus, sagebrush buttercup - small early-flowering buttercup with shiny yellow flowers of western North America
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ranunculus[rəˈnʌŋkjʊləs] N (ranunculuses, ranunculi (pl)) [rəˈnʌŋkjʊlaɪ] → ranúnculo m
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n (= garden flower) → Ranunkel f
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