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[buht-er-uh n-egz] /ˈbʌt ər ənˈɛgz/
noun, plural butter-and-eggs. (used with a singular or plural verb)
any of certain plants whose flowers are of two shades of yellow, as the toadflax, Linaria vulgaris.
Origin of butter-and-eggs
First recorded in 1770-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for butter-and-eggs
Historical Examples
  • The snapdragon (perhaps you call it butter-and-eggs) does not mind at all where it grows.

  • And the Moosewood shares the mystery of the butter-and-eggs as well as its color.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • It is probably called "butter-and-eggs" because of the two shades of yellow.

    Woodcraft Alan Douglas
  • The flowers of butter-and-eggs are yellow and orange, and the common name refers to these two shades of yellow.

    Flowers of Mountain and Plain Edith S. Clements
  • Another flower of the waste places is a pretty little toad flax, or butter-and-eggs.

    Woodcraft Alan Douglas
  • She espied the children's delight, "butter-and-eggs," as little people call it.

    The Old Market-Cart Mrs. F. B. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for butter-and-eggs


(functioning as sing) any of various plants, such as toadflax, the flowers of which are of two shades of yellow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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