buttercup

noun but·ter·cup \ -ˌkəp \
Updated on: 28 Apr 2018

Definition of buttercup

: any of a genus (Ranunculus of the family Ranunculaceae, the buttercup family) of herbs with yellow or white flowers and alternate leaves

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First Known Use of buttercup

1777

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BUTTERCUP Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of buttercup for English Language Learners

  • : a wild plant that has small yellow flowers that are shaped like cups


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buttercup

noun but·ter·cup \ ˈbə-tər-ˌkəp \

Definition of buttercup for Students

: a common wildflower with bright yellow blossoms


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