Definition of cowslip in English:


Line breaks: cow|slip
Pronunciation: /ˈkaʊslɪp


  • 1A European primula with clusters of drooping fragrant yellow flowers in spring, growing on dry grassy banks and in pasture.
    • Primula veris, family Primulaceae
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    • Banks of primroses, drifts of bluebells and clusters of cowslips are now found only in secret, out-of-the-way places.
    • I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows, where oxlips and the nodding cowslip grow.
    • The P. veris of Linnaeus's time is still to this day known as the cowslip.
  • 2Any of a number of herbaceous plants, in particular:
    • North American term for marsh marigold (also Virginia cowslip) a North American plant with blue flowers (Mertensia virginica, family Boraginaceae).
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    • A dewdrop fell from the petal of a lone cowslip growing by the garden wall.
    • Other partners for pink daffodils include lavender cowslips.


Old English cūslyppe, from 'cow' + slipa, slyppe 'slime', i.e. cow slobber or dung.

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