[buht-er-uh n-egz]

noun, plural but·ter-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
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Historical Examples of butter-and-eggs

  • 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.


    Alan Douglas

  • The flowers of Butter-and-Eggs are yellow and orange, and the common name refers to these two shades of yellow.

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


    Alan Douglas

British Dictionary definitions for butter-and-eggs



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