an English primrose, Primula veris, having fragrant yellow flowers.
the marsh marigold.

Nearby words

  1. cowrie,
  2. cowrite,
  3. cowry,
  4. cowshed,
  5. cowskin,
  6. cowtail,
  7. cox,
  8. cox's orange pippin,
  9. cox, james middleton,
  10. cox-2 inhibitor

Origin of cowslip

before 1000; Middle English cowslyppe, Old English cūslyppe, equivalent to cow1 + slyppe, slypa slime; see slip3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cowslip



Also called: paigle a primrose, Primula veris, native to temperate regions of the Old World, having fragrant yellow flowers
US and Canadian another name for marsh marigold

Word Origin for cowslip

Old English cūslyppe; see cow 1, slip ³

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Word Origin and History for cowslip



Old English cu-slyppe, apparently from cu "cow" (see cow (n.)) + slyppe "slop, slobber, dung" (see slop (n.1)).

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