but·​ter·​cup | \-ˌkəp \

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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In any event, the prognosis is not a bowl of buttercups. Charles P. Pierce, SI.com, "Marcus Smart Continues to Give the Celtics Exactly What They Need," 14 May 2018 And, according to Human Rights Watch, the Qatari regime isn’t a bowl of buttercups to its own citizens, either. Charles P. Pierce, SI.com, "Why Tom Brady Has No Business Promoting Qatar," 25 Apr. 2018 The Duchess called on the same designer yet again for Princess Charlotte's birth in 2015, this time wearing a bespoke dress with buttercup flowers. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Kate Middleton's Maternity Dress Reminded People of Princess Diana," 23 Apr. 2018 The real treat is a trek through bald meadows on Fidalgo Island’s Sugarloaf Mountain, where hiking trails give views of spring gold, blue-eyed Marys, fawn lilies, Western buttercup, and red Indian paintbrush. Sunset, "Where to See Wildflowers This Season," 22 Jan. 2018 Of 50 wildflowers within short range of the nature center, highlights include buttercups, shooting stars and western wake robin. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Northern California hot spots for spring wildflowers," 12 Apr. 2018 Senior food editor Chris Morocco, this recipe’s creator, suggested lining a baking rack with red kuri, kabocha, buttercup, or whatever tough-skinned squash your heart desires. Ashley Mason, Bon Appetit, "Whole Roasting Is the Secret Best Way to Make Squash on a Weeknight," 2 Mar. 2018 So, buckle up buttercup, and remember to do nothing. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, "Stock markets got you worried? Buckle up buttercup," 5 Feb. 2018 Giddyup, buttercup—no need to play by some ambiguous third date rule. Beca Grimm, Glamour, "The Surprising Nuances of Going 'Instagram Official'," 2 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of buttercup

1777, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of buttercup

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


but·​ter·​cup | \ˈbə-tər-ˌkəp \

Kids Definition of buttercup

: a common wildflower with bright yellow blossoms

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