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
Recent Examples of buttercup from the Web
Or have their dusty nethers rejuvenated like buttercups overflowing in a spring shower?
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First Known Use of buttercup
BUTTERCUP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of buttercup for English Language Learners
: a wild plant that has small yellow flowers that are shaped like cups
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Definition of buttercup for Students
: a common wildflower with bright yellow blossoms
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