Definition of ranunculus in English:


Line breaks: ra¦nun|cu¦lus
Pronunciation: /rəˈnʌŋkjʊləs

noun (plural ranunculuses or ranunculi /-lʌɪ, -liː/)

  • A temperate plant of a genus that includes the buttercups and water crowfoots, typically having yellow or white bowl-shaped flowers and lobed or toothed leaves.
    • Genus Ranunculus, family Ranunculaceae: many species, including several garden ornamentals
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    • Oddly, Hopkins makes perfectly realistic graphite drawings of anemones, tulips and ranunculuses that have the delicacy of drypoint etching; he also paints straightforward Japanese watercolor ‘portraits’ of flowers.
    • Plant the last of the bulbs, like amaryllis, anemones, callas and ranunculus.
    • Spring-planted ranunculus will bloom in June or July.


modern Latin, from Latin, literally 'little frog', diminutive of rana.

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