winter aconite

noun

Definition of winter aconite

: any of several low Eurasian perennial herbs (genus Eranthis, especially E. hyemalis) of the buttercup family with solitary yellow or white flowers which often bloom through the snow

Examples of winter aconite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is one other way winter aconites, or eranthis, differ from other bulbs. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "As summer’s heat wanes, it’s time to plan (and plant) for late-winter beauty," 4 Sep. 2019 One of the most conspicuous heralds is a bonny buttercup named the winter aconite. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "As summer’s heat wanes, it’s time to plan (and plant) for late-winter beauty," 4 Sep. 2019 The obvious companion to winter aconites is the snowdrop. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "As summer’s heat wanes, it’s time to plan (and plant) for late-winter beauty," 4 Sep. 2019 Snowdrops, miniature daffodils, and winter aconites (Eranthis) are good bulb companions. Kris Wetherbee, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Stunning Hostas," 7 Aug. 2018 And those of us who can’t wait for spring to see flowers are planting winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) and snowdrops (Galanthus) that pop up right through the snow in late winter — assuming the seasons actually come in the right order, that is. Cathy Rubin, Philly.com, "Oct. 6-12: In the garden, it's time to…," 3 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of winter aconite

1597, in the meaning defined above

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“Winter aconite.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/winter%20aconite. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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