- any of several composite plants of the genus Petasites, having large, woolly leaves said to have been used to wrap butter.
Origin of butterbur
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As an instance of his manner we may cite his account of the Butterbur, of which his wood-cut is shown in Text-fig.
So, too, the butterbur of the river flowers before its great leaf comes.Field and Hedgerow
The flower of Butterbur, he writes, is the first to appear, before the plant or leaves.
Its chief haunts, among the butterbur (Petasites), are in the northern counties from Cheshire to Durham.The Moths of the British Isles, First Series
- a plant of the Eurasian genus Petasites with fragrant whitish or purple flowers, woolly stems, and leaves formerly used to wrap butter: family Asteraceae (composites)
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