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ra·nun·cu·lus

 (rə-nŭng′kyə-ləs)
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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ranunculus

(rəˈnʌŋkjʊləs)
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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ranunculus - annual, biennial or perennial herbs: buttercupRanunculus - 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
greater spearwort, Ranunculus lingua - semiaquatic European crowfoot with leaves shaped like spears
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ranunculus

[rəˈnʌŋkjʊləs] N (ranunculuses, ranunculi (pl)) [rəˈnʌŋkjʊlaɪ]ranúnculo m
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ranunculus

n (= garden flower)Ranunkel f
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References in classic literature ?
And the Ranunculus shone brightly, and looked again at Gerda.
There, that is my little story," said the Ranunculus.
| You can plant summer flowering bulbs, corms and tubers such as lilies, cannas, ranunculus and gladioli into pots or into the ground.
Or try Ranunculus Aquatilis (Common Water Crowfoot) for pretty white buttercup-shaped flowers popping up above lobed floating leaves.
| YOU can plant summer flowering bulbs, corms and tubers such as lilies, cannas, ranunculus and gladioli, left, into pots or directly into the ground.
Javed Masood, custodian, says, " We also have 46 varieties of flowers from Holland, including daffodils, hyacinth and ranunculus." As the spring sets in and flowers are in full bloom, the state government is organising a first- of- its- kind 15- day fest to showcase the treasures of Asia's largest tulip garden.
"We were inspired by our recent travels, referencing sunset shades and ranunculus flowers from Bahrain, as well as hard textures and structured outlines from New York City," added Shaikha Haya.
William Wordsworth's favourite flower wasn't the daffodil - it was the humble lesser celandine, Ranunculus ficaria.
Each bridesmaid wore a champagne-hued chiffon gown with beaded cap sleeves and carried a bouquet of pink and white roses, hydrangeas, and ranunculus.
Ranunculus ficaria is an invasive species in riparian areas of temperate deciduous forests in the northeastern United States.