[ buht-er-bur ]
/ ˈbʌt ərˌbɜr /


any of several composite plants of the genus Petasites, having large, woolly leaves said to have been used to wrap butter.


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Origin of butterbur

First recorded in 1540–50; butter + bur1
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British Dictionary definitions for butterbur

/ (ˈbʌtəˌbɜː) /


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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