: any of a large genus (Ranunculus of the family Ranunculaceae, the buttercup family) of chiefly perennial herbaceous plants having colorful cup-shaped flowers with 5 or sometimes many petals : ranunculus
especially: a plant (such as R. acris and R. repens) with usually bright yellow, five-petaled flowers
The flowers …, 1 1/2-in.-wide golden buttercups set atop a green topknot of fringy leaves, are very bright and cheery in the chill of March. —Aileen Detter Rodgers
Recent Examples on the WebIts straight tube of a noodle is a faint buttercup yellow, and the slight sheen suggests a decent amount of sauce has managed to cling on.—Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 5 Oct. 2023 Pick a buttercup squash with a firm cap, halve, scoop out the seeds, and bake to bring out the squash's sweetness.—Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, 2 Sep. 2023 Buttercup Squash Slightly sweet and creamy, the buttercup squash is one of the most underrated winter squash varieties.—Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, 2 Sep. 2023 The two best examples are wild violets and wild buttercups.—Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 1 Apr. 2023 This is a buttercup (Ranunculus), probably Ranunculus repens, the creeping buttercup.—oregonlive, 30 Apr. 2022 Some good pollinator plants for ponds include water lilies, buttercups, and irises.—Jenny Krane, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 June 2023 Wild buttercups are also known as lesser celandine.—Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 1 Apr. 2023 Some of the shophouses are perfectly restored plaster cornices gleaming with fresh pink, baby blue or buttercup yellow paint.—Simon Elegant, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2023 See More
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