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

Examples of ranunculus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bride carried white lace-cap hydrangeas, mini carnations, ranunculus and peonies. oregonlive, "It’s American Flowers Week and you’re invited to celebrate the blooming fun," 24 June 2020 Often referred to as the Rose of Spring, ranunculus is a favorite amongst flower lovers for good reason. Southern Living, "We're Swooning Over Ranunculus," 1 May 2020 On the other hand, Northway also admires a dramatic, high-contrast pairing like plum ranunculus and peach rose. Leilani Marie Labong, SFChronicle.com, "Flowers: Make a joyful arrangement," 14 May 2020 Terrain For unique bouquets with flowers like ranunculus, iris, and jasmine, turn to Terrain's beautiful, earthy arrangements. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Mother’s Day Flowers You Can Order Online," 3 May 2020 The load will include peonies, sweet pea, ranunculus, delphiniums, hyacinth, and other varieties. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "SF Flower Mart reopens in time for Mother’s Day with new social distancing rules," 22 Apr. 2020 And this year, all of our orders for the ranunculus got canceled by the supermarkets. Geoffrey Mohan, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus hit California’s cut-flower industry at the worst time," 4 Apr. 2020 Spanning nearly 50 acres, the farm displays gorgeous pink, red, orange, yellow, and white giant Tecolote ranunculus flowers. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "This Ranunculus Farm in California Is a Magical, Flower Wonderland," 3 Mar. 2020 Orange / Yellow / Peach Sweet peas, feverfew, and ranunculus are all this bouquet really needs. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Roses Are Dead, Violets Are Too: Here’s a Better Way to Bouquet," 12 Feb. 2020

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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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“Ranunculus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ranunculus. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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