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 for cowslip
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  marsh marigold \marsh mar"i*gold\ (m[aum]rsh
     m[a^]r"[i^]*g[-o]ld). (Bot.)
     Caltha+({Caltha+palustris">A perennial plant of the genus Caltha ({Caltha palustris),
     growing in wet places and bearing bright yellow flowers. In
     the United States it is used as a pot herb under the name of
     cowslip. See Cowslip.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Marigold \Mar"i*gold\, n. [Mary + gold.] (Bot.)
     A name for several plants with golden yellow blossoms,
     especially the Calendula officinalis (see Calendula), and
     the cultivated species of Tagetes.
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: There are several yellow-flowered plants of different
           genera bearing this name; as, the African marigold or
           French marigold of the genus Tagetes, of which
           several species and many varieties are found in
           gardens. They are mostly strong-smelling herbs from
           South America and Mexico: bur marigold, of the genus
           Bidens; corn marigold, of the genus Chrysanthemum
           ({Chrysanthemum segetum, a pest in the cornfields of
           Italy); fig marigold, of the genus
           Mesembryanthemum; marsh marigold, of the genus
           Caltha+({Caltha+palustris">Caltha ({Caltha palustris), commonly known in
           America as the cowslip. See Marsh Marigold.
           [1913 Webster]
     Marigold window. (Arch.) See Rose window, under Rose.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cowslip \Cow"slip`\ (-sl[i^]p`), n. [AS. c[=u]slyppe,
     c[=u]sloppe, prob. orig., cow's droppings. Cf. Slop, n.]
     1. A common flower in England ({Primula veris) having yellow
        blossoms and appearing in early spring. It is often
        cultivated in the United States.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. In the United States, the marsh marigold ({Caltha
        palustris), appearing in wet places in early spring and
        often used as a pot herb. It is nearer to a buttercup than
        to a true cowslip. See Illust. of Marsh marigold.
        [1913 Webster]
     American cowslip (Bot.), a pretty flower of the West
        ({Dodecatheon Meadia), belonging to the same order
        ({Primulace[ae]) with the English cowslip.
     French+cowslip+(Bot.),+bear's-ear+({Primula+Auricula">French cowslip (Bot.), bear's-ear ({Primula Auricula).
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: early spring flower common in British isles having fragrant
           yellow or sometimes purple flowers [syn: cowslip,
           paigle, Primula veris]
      2: swamp plant of Europe and North America having bright yellow
         flowers resembling buttercups [syn: marsh marigold,
         kingcup, meadow bright, May blob, cowslip, water
         dragon, Caltha palustris]

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