Ranunculus

Ra*nun"cu*lus

(r*n"k*ls), n.;
pl. E. Ranunculuses (r*n"k*ls*z), L. Ranunculi (-l).
[L., a little frog, a medicinal plant, perhaps crowfoot, dim. of rana a frog; cf. raccare to roar.] (Bot.) A genus of herbs, mostly with yellow flowers, including crowfoot, buttercups, and the cultivated ranunculi (Ranunculus Asiaticus, Ranunculus aconitifolius, etc.) in which the flowers are double and of various colors.
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