Etymology
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cowslip (n.)

popular name of several varieties of English wildflower, Old English cu-slyppe, apparently from cu "cow" (from PIE root *gwou- "ox, bull, cow") + slyppe "slop, slobber, dung" (from PIE root *sleubh- "to slide, slip"), which is its common habitat.

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Definitions of cowslip

cowslip (n.)
early spring flower common in British isles having fragrant yellow or sometimes purple flowers;
Synonyms: paigle / Primula veris
cowslip (n.)
swamp plant of Europe and North America having bright yellow flowers resembling buttercups;
Synonyms: marsh marigold / kingcup / meadow bright / May blob / water dragon / Caltha palustris
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