cowslip

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From Middle English cowslyppe, from Old English cūslyppe (cowslip), from (cow) + slyppe (paste, viscid substance), related to Old English slūpan (to slip, glide, move softly). Compare oxlip.

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cowslip (plural cowslips)

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  1. A low-growing plant, Primula veris, with yellow flowers.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 5 scene 1
      Where the bee sucks, there suck I:
      In a cowslip's bell I lie;
  2. (North America, regional) A plant in the buttercup family, Caltha palustris, growing in wet, boggy locations.

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