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 ranunculus (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 buttercup, lesser celandine

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Recent Examples on the Web In addition to fresh stems like the peonies, ranunculus and tulips found in the Forest Jewel Bouquet, Terrain offers potted flowers that will last long past any special event. Korin Miller, Forbes, "These 19 Flower Delivery Services Make It Easy To Send A Bouquet Of Fresh Blooms For Any Occasion," 6 May 2021 Working with lush varieties of ranunculus, peony, rose and tulip in dusky shades of pink, purple and coral, the designer Sara Darling crafts undeniably romantic custom bouquets. New York Times, "T Black Book: Where to Find Exceptional Flowers in Six Different Cities," 4 May 2021 Tulips, ranunculus, and dahlias dot her farm, Carolina Flowers. Katie Strasberg Rousso, Southern Living, "This Appalachian Flower Farmer is Regrowing Her Family's History," 26 Apr. 2021 Tables were covered in bouquets of white ranunculus, foxglove, and forget-me-nots, and giant bamboo branches swayed overhead, bouncing shadows on the ceiling. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "The Bride Wore an Ethereal Lace Dress for Her Formal Garden Party Wedding Overlooking the Long Island Sound," 5 Mar. 2021 The ranunculus are in bloom and the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are open once again for a nine-week spring season after taking 2020 off. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: California’s new vaccine strategy," 5 Mar. 2021 Known as an upscale flower that dazzles, ranunculus are a luxurious choice for your special someone. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "The 12 Best Valentine's Day Flower Arrangements for That Special Someone," 16 Dec. 2020 For Mother’s Day, Sparzak is offering springtime bouquets ($48-$98) and at-home video workshops that come with an assortment of peonies, roses, ranunculus and a mix of greens ($85). Josie Sexton, The Know, "Where to buy local flowers for your mother, your neighbor or yourself," 28 Apr. 2020 Summer memberships cost $120 and include ranunculus, poppies and sweet peas among others. Josie Sexton, The Know, "Where to buy local flowers for your mother, your neighbor or yourself," 28 Apr. 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 17 May. 2021.

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