lesser celandine

noun

Definition of lesser celandine

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

Examples of lesser celandine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dana Dierkes, the park’s chief of interpretation, education and outreach, tells me that concerted efforts to clear the park’s northern flood plain of lesser celandine have succeeded in returning native flora there. Washington Post, "Like a virus, weeds seize any opportunity to spread — and this summer, they’re ferocious," 5 Aug. 2020 Some of the invaders, including lesser celandine, a pretty, spiky yellow flower, send out chemicals that kill native plants nearby. Grant Segall, cleveland.com, "Where to see spring wildflowers in Greater Cleveland, while they last (photos)," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of lesser celandine

1779, in the meaning defined above

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“Lesser celandine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lesser%20celandine. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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