Meaning of “buttercup” in the English Dictionary

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"buttercup" in British English

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buttercupnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbʌt.ə.kʌp/ us /ˈbʌt̬.ɚ.kʌp/

Examples from literature

  • Buttercups, violets, and many other blossoms were in abundance. 
  • Poppies and buttercups had taken root in the banks of earth heaped up on either side of the communication trench. 
  • The flowers we love best are yellow: the cowslip, the daffodil, the crocus, the buttercup, half the daisy, the honeysuckle, and the loveliest rose. 
  • The meadows are yellow with buttercups, and the birds fly out of the gold. 
  • They fed in the sunshine with the golden buttercups up above their knees, literally wading in gold, their horns as they held their heads low just visible among the flowers. 

(Definition of “buttercup” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"buttercup" in American English

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buttercupnoun [ C ]

us /ˈbʌt̬·ərˌkʌp/

(Definition of “buttercup” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)