cowslip

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

Definition of cowslip

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

Examples of cowslip in a Sentence

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, 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cowslip. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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