cow·​slip | \ ˈkau̇-ˌslip How to pronounce cowslip (audio) \

Definition of cowslip

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Police said Wednesday that the six arrested the previous day for violating forestry laws had collected more than 132 kilograms of primula veris, or cowslip, which can garner 100 euros per kilogram. Fox News, "Greek police seize horses, illegally harvested wild herbs," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cowslip

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cowslip

Middle English cowslyppe, from Old English cūslyppe, literally, cow dung, from cow + slypa, slyppe paste

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The first known use of cowslip was before the 12th century

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“Cowslip.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cowslip

: a wild plant with small yellow flowers that smell sweet

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