Definition of ranunculus in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈnəNGkyələs/

noun (plural ranunculuses or ranunculi /-ˌlē/ /-ˌlī/)

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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with ranunculus

furunculous, homunculus

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Syllabification: ra·nun·cu·lus

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