[ buht-er-uhn-egz ]

noun,plural but·ter-and-eggs.(used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. 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

Words Nearby butter-and-eggs

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How to use butter-and-eggs in a sentence

  • 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
  • Another flower of the waste places is a pretty little toad flax, or butter-and-eggs.

    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

British Dictionary definitions for butter-and-eggs


  1. (functioning as singular) any of various plants, such as toadflax, the flowers of which are of two shades of yellow

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