spearwort

[ speer-wurt, -wawrt ]
/ ˈspɪərˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt /

noun

any of several buttercups having lance-shaped leaves and small flowers, as Ranunculus ambigens, of the eastern U.S., growing in mud.

Nearby words

  1. spearman,
  2. spearman's rank-order coefficient,
  3. spearmint,
  4. spearpoint,
  5. spears,
  6. spec,
  7. spec sheet,
  8. spec.,
  9. speccy,
  10. special

Origin of spearwort

before 1000; Middle English sperewort, Old English sperewyrt. See spear1, wort2

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British Dictionary definitions for spearwort

spearwort

/ (ˈspɪəˌwɜːt) /

noun

any of several Eurasian ranunculaceous plants of the genus Ranunculus, such as R. flammula (lesser spearwort) and R. lingua (great spearwort), which grow in wet places and have long narrow leaves and yellow flowersSee also buttercup
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