Cowslip Cow"slip` (-sl[i^]p`), n. [AS. c[=u]slyppe, c[=u]sloppe, prob. orig., cow's droppings. Cf. {Slop}, n.] (Bot.) 1. A common flower in England ({Primula veris}) having yellow blossoms and appearing in early spring. It is often cultivated in the United States. [1913 Webster]

2. In the United States, the marsh marigold ({Caltha palustris}), appearing in wet places in early spring and often used as a pot herb. It is nearer to a buttercup than to a true cowslip. See Illust. of {Marsh marigold}. [1913 Webster]

{American cowslip} (Bot.), a pretty flower of the West ({Dodecatheon Meadia}), belonging to the same order ({Primulace[ae]}) with the English cowslip.

{French cowslip} (Bot.), bear's-ear ({Primula Auricula}). [1913 Webster]

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  • Cowslip — may refer to: Plants Primula veris, a flowering plant commonly known as cowslip and primrose Primula deorum, a flowering plant known as God s cowslip and rila cowslip Caltha palustris, a flowering plant known as marsh marigold and sometimes as… …   Wikipedia

  • cowslip — [kou′slip΄] n. [ME couslippe < OE cuslyppe, lit., cow dung < cu, cow + slyppe, paste: see SLIP3] 1. a European primrose (Primula veris) with yellow or purple flowers ☆ 2. MARSH MARIGOLD ☆ 3. SHOOTING STAR (sense 2) ☆ …   English World dictionary

  • cowslip — O.E. cu slyppe, apparently from cu cow (see COW (Cf. cow) (1)) + slyppe slop, slobber, dung …   Etymology dictionary

  • cowslip —    Cowslip balls were made by hanging the flower heads from a string and tying the ends. Children would toss them to each other, reciting, as the ball gradually fell to bits:    Tissty tossty, tell me true,    Who am I going to be married to?… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • cowslip — ► NOUN ▪ a wild primula with clusters of drooping fragrant yellow flowers in spring. ORIGIN Old English, «cow slime» …   English terms dictionary

  • cowslip — pavasarinė raktažolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Raktažolinių šeimos daržovinis, dekoratyvinis, maistinis, vaistinis augalas (Primula veris), paplitęs Europoje ir Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Primula veris angl. butterweed; cowslip;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • cowslip — marsh marigold marsh mar i*gold (m[aum]rsh m[a^]r [i^]*g[ o]ld). (Bot.) A perennial plant of the genus {Caltha} ({Caltha palustris}), growing in wet places and bearing bright yellow flowers. In the United States it is used as a pot herb under the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cowslip — /kow slip/, n. 1. an English primrose, Primula veris, having fragrant yellow flowers. 2. the marsh marigold. 3. See shooting star (def. 2). 4. See Virginia cowslip. [bef. 1000; ME cowslyppe, OE cuslyppe, equiv. to cu COW1 + slyppe, slypa slime;… …   Universalium

  • cowslip — UK [ˈkaʊˌslɪp] / US noun [countable] Word forms cowslip : singular cowslip plural cowslips a wild plant with yellow flowers …   English dictionary

  • cowslip — Marigold Mar i*gold, n. [Mary + gold.] (Bot.) A name for several plants with golden yellow blossoms, especially the {Calendula officinalis} (see {Calendula}), and the cultivated species of {Tagetes}. [1913 Webster] Note: There are several yellow… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English