cowslip

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noun cow·slip \ˈkau̇-ˌslip\

Definition of cowslip

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

  2. 2 :  marsh marigold

Origin and Etymology of cowslip

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


COWSLIP Defined for English Language Learners

cowslip

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noun cow·slip \ˈkau̇-ˌslip\

Definition of cowslip for English Language Learners

  • : a wild plant with small yellow flowers that smell sweet



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