Definition of cuckoopint in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈko͞oko͞opīnt/


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.


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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Syllabification: cuck·oo·pint

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