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noun plural -luses or -li (-ˌlaɪ)
  1. any ranunculaceous plant of the genus Ranunculus, having finely divided leaves and typically yellow five-petalled flowers. The genus includes buttercup, crowfoot, spearwort, and lesser celandine
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin: tadpole, from rāna a frog
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Examples from the Web for ranunculus

Historical Examples

  • The Anemone and Ranunculus are medium, or half-hardy, roots.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy

    Catherine Esther Beecher

  • In the running waters a Potamogeton and Ranunculus aquatilis were plentiful.

  • Ranunculus acris (buttercups), abundant at Smith's dam, Chesuncook, 1853.

    The Maine Woods

    Henry David Thoreau

  • Plant anemone and ranunculus roots and the corms of gladiolus.

  • Permit me to call your attention to this new variety of ranunculus.'

    Hildegarde's Home

    Laura E. Richards