noun \ˈka-ˌslip\

: a wild plant with small yellow flowers that smell sweet

Full Definition of COWSLIP

:  a common European primrose (Primula veris) with fragrant yellow flowers

Origin of COWSLIP

Middle English cowslyppe, from Old English cūslyppe, literally, cow dung, from cow + slypa, slyppe paste
First Known Use: before 12th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of several flowering plants, including (chiefly in British usage) the wild primrose (Primula veris) and (in U.S. usage) the marsh marigold (Caltha palustris). P. veris, once so abundant that it was used freely to make cowslip wine, is now much less common. Both P. veris and C. palustris are used in herbal remedies.


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