/ (rəˈnʌŋkjʊləs) /
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noun plural -luses or -li (-ˌlaɪ)
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 for ranunculus
C16: from Latin: tadpole, from rāna a frog
Words nearby ranunculus
rant, rant and rave, Rantoul, ranula, ranunculaceous, ranunculus, raob, RAOC, Raoult's law, rap, rapacious
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How to use ranunculus in a sentence
Quantities of this ranunculus come floating down the Hogsmill brook, at times catching against the bridge.The Hills and the Vale|Richard Jefferies
Captain Sabine fell in with a ranunculus in full flower on the western side of the island, evidently the most genial.Notable Voyagers|W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
Every yellow ranunculus is called a "butter-cup," every large white umbellifer a "hemlock."
Among early summer flowers in open borders few are prettier than the double-flowered kinds of ranunculus of the herbaceous type.
Monkshood grew there, also black and yellow clematis, rhubarb, ranunculus and primulas of different kinds.Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921|Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury