nounpl. -·luses or -·li·
Origin of ranunculusModern Latin from L, tadpole, medicinal plant, diminutive of rana, frog
nounpl. ra·nun·cu·lus·es, or ra·nun·cu·li
Any of numerous plants of the genus Ranunculus, having yellow or white usually five-petaled flowers, and including the buttercups and the crowfoots.
Origin of ranunculusNew Latin Rānunculus genus name from Latin rānunculus a kind of medicinal plant diminutive of rāna frog perhaps of imitative origin
(plural ranunculuses or ranunculi)
From Latin rÄnunculus.
- The genus is apparently not monophyletic, so some of the more than 350 species are likely to be assigned to newly created genera or to other existing genera.
Latin ranunculus (“little frog")