ra·​nun·​cu·​lus | \ rə-ˈnəŋ-kyə-ləs How to pronounce ranunculus (audio) \
plural ranunculus or ranunculuses or ranunculi\ rə-​ˈnəŋ-​kyə-​ˌlī How to pronounce ranunculi (audio) , -​ˌlē \

Definition of ranunculus

: any of a large genus (Ranunculus of the family Ranunculaceae, the buttercup family) of chiefly perennial herbaceous plants with tuberous or fibrous roots and typically yellow, five-petaled, cup-shaped flowers and including one (R. asiaticus) of southeastern Europe and southwestern Asia) widely cultivated for its white, yellow, pink, red, or orange flowers having multiple layers of petals — see also buttercup, lesser celandine

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On this occasion, Amber filled a kitschy glass vase shaped like the Leaning Tower of Pisa and various old silver creamers with short-stemmed roses, peonies and ranunculus sourced from the Piazza della Repubblica market in Florence. Laura Rysman, New York Times, "How to Host a Relaxed, Italian-Style Late Lunch," 27 June 2019 In addition to rows of ranunculus, there’s a rose garden, a cymbidium orchid greenhouse, and a labyrinth made of sweet peas (like a corn maze, but better smelling). Amelia Mularz, Los Angeles Magazine, "Nostalgic for Last Year’s Super Bloom? You Should Really Go to Carlsbad," 10 Apr. 2018 Brown Dog Farm will have local flower arrangements of anemone, ranunculus, stock, ammobium, forget-me-not, snap dragons, and bachelor buttons. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Locally grown zucchini and broccoli? Summer heat brings them early.," 27 June 2019 Crimson arrangements of ranunculus, roses, and anemones adorned the table, providing a perfect contrast to the hunter-green walls of The Polo Bar’s private room. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Ralph Lauren Celebrates the Launch of Its Mini Stirrup Watch at—Where Else?—The Polo Bar," 14 May 2019 Lilies, ranunculus, orchids, and blooming branches typically last longer than other floral types. Nikhita Mahtani, House Beautiful, "Absolutely Foolproof Ways to Make Spring Flowers Last Longer," 3 Apr. 2019 The floral designs came to life in white vases filled with blooming buds and pink ranunculus, while the intimate setting reflected the brand’s pillar of sisterhood and community. Neesha Arter, Vogue, "The Dôen Sisters Host a California Dreamy Dinner to Celebrate a New Line With Net-a-Porter," 2 May 2019 Blooms from the ranunculus, some from daffodils, an anemone dyed salmon and a broken stem of a blue delphinium pick up the colors and bigger shapes. Lindsey Taylor, WSJ, "A Slightly Surreal Floral Arrangement Inspired by Joan Miró," 22 Feb. 2019 Their irregular dark clay forms echoed Miro’s playful, gestural lines as did stems of ranunculus (some in bud), eucalyptus and white tallow berry gone to seed. Lindsey Taylor, WSJ, "A Slightly Surreal Floral Arrangement Inspired by Joan Miró," 22 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of ranunculus

1543, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ranunculus

New Latin, from Latin, from diminutive of rana frog

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