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Buttercup, any of 300 species of flower (genus Ranunculus), native to temperate North America; especially the familiar gold flower of meadows and pastures. Buttercups have five-petaled flowers and deeply notched leaves that give them the alternative name of crow foot. The common buttercup has an acrid taste and can be poisonous to cattle.

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