lesser celandine


: a yellow-flowered Eurasian perennial herb (Ranunculus ficaria) of the buttercup family naturalized in North America

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the lesser celandine plants in my home garden are starting to flower now. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 1 May 2022 For small infestations in garden beds, lesser celandine may be dug up using a hand trowel or shovel. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 1 May 2022 Another factor in his decision was the presence of two tenacious weeds, lesser celandine (Ficaria verna) and star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum). New York Times, 2 Mar. 2022 Other pretty nightmares include lesser celandine, bugleweed , bishop’s weed, orange daylily, and cypress spurge. Miri Talabac, baltimoresun.com, 24 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1779, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lesser celandine was in 1779

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“Lesser celandine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lesser%20celandine. Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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