Definition of cuckoo pint in English:

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cuckoo pint

noun

The common European wild arum of woodland and hedgerows, with a pale spathe and a purple or green spadix followed by bright red berries. Also called lords and ladies or Jack-in-the-pulpit.
  • Arum maculatum, family Araceae.
Example sentences
  • Celandine, cow parsley, cuckoo pint, goosegrass and bluebells also only put out the most tentative shoots, but deadnettles did not appear at all, and rosemary did not flower.

Origin

Late Middle English: from earlier cuckoo-pintle, from pintle in the obsolete sense 'penis' (because of the shape of the spadix).

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