cuckoopint

[koo-koo-pahynt, koo k-oo-]

Origin of cuckoopint

1545–55; apocopated variant of obsolete cuckoopintle, late Middle English cokkupyntel (see cuckoo, pintle); its spadix is pintle-shaped
Also called lords-and-ladies.
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cuckoopint

noun
  1. a European aroid plant, Arum maculatum, with arrow-shaped leaves, a spathe marked with purple, a pale purple spadix, and scarlet berriesAlso called: lords-and-ladies, (chiefly US) wake-robin
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