a European wildflower (Arum maculatum) of the arum family, with large, sagittate leaves and a spadix and spathe similar to those of the jack-in-the-pulpit
A European plant (Arum maculatum) having arrow-shaped leaves, a purple or sometimes yellowish spadix partially enclosed by a yellow-green spathe, and scarlet berries. Also called lords-and-ladies.
Origin of cuckoopintFrom obsolete cuckoopintle, from Middle English cokkupintel : cokku, cuccu, cuckoo; see cuckoo + pintel, penis (from the form of the spadix ); see pintle.
- (botany) The flowering plant Arum maculatum that has arrow-shaped leaves and a cluster of scarlet berries.
- (botany) The related plant Arum italicum.