Definition of Butter-flower
1. Noun. Any of various plants of the genus Ranunculus.
Group relationships: Genus Ranunculus, Ranunculus
Specialized synonyms: Meadow Buttercup, Ranunculus Acris, Tall Buttercup, Tall Crowfoot, Tall Field Buttercup, Common Buttercup, Ranunculus Bulbosus, Mount Cook Lily, Mountain Lily, Ranunculus Lyalii, Ranunculus Occidentalis, Western Buttercup, Creeping Buttercup, Creeping Crowfoot, Ranunculus Repens, Celery-leaved Buttercup, Cursed Crowfoot, Ranunculus Sceleratus
Generic synonyms: Herb, Herbaceous Plant
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Literary usage of Butter-flower
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Le Jardinier Solitaire =: The Solitary Or Carthusian Gard'ner, Being by François Gentil, Louis Liger (1706)
"The Fringe-leaf butter-flower is a Plant whole Leaves are ... The round butter-flower produces large, round Leaves; indented on the Edges, nervous, ..."
2. Publications by English Dialect Society (1880)
"'The worst of grass called the butter-flower.'—Id., i. 130. See Dict. of English Plant-names, p. 79. Buttons. Sheep-dung.—Shepherd's Guide, 148. ..."
3. Reprinted Glossaries by Walter William Skeat (1879)
"'The worst of grass called the butter-flower.'—Id., i. 130. Seo Diet, of English Plant-names, p. 79. Buttons. Sheep-dung.—Shepherd's Guide, 148. ..."
4. The American Botanist edited by Willard Nelson Clute (1917)
"... as yellow gowan, horse gold, gold balls, gold cups, gold weed, butter rose, butter cress, butter daisy, butter flower in addition to butter cup. ..."