Definition of cuckooflower in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈko͞oko͞oˌflouər/


A spring-flowering, herbaceous plant with pale lilac flowers, growing in damp meadows and by streams.
  • Cardamine pratensis, family Brassicaceae.
Example sentences
  • The meadows support a range of grasses and plants including the lilac-coloured blooms of cuckooflower or lady's smock.
  • A stretch of damp marshy grassland containing rush species and occasional cuckooflowers runs along the western perimeter of the Southern Meadow.
  • Gama Valley is famous for the luxuriantly green forest, colorful cuckooflowers, limpid spring, deep and steep gorges and various birds.


Late 16th century: so named because it flowers at the time of year when the cuckoo is first heard calling.

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Syllabification: cuck·oo·flow·er

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