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

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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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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