creamcups

creamcups
/kreem"kups'/, n., pl. creamcups. (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
a Californian plant, Platystemon californicus, of the poppy family, having narrow leaves and small, pale-yellow or cream-colored flowers.
[1885-90, Amer.; CREAM + CUP + -S3]

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plant
 (species Platystemon californicus), annual plant of the poppy family (Papaveraceae) native to western North America. The 30-centimetre- (1-foot-) tall, hairy plant bears 2.5-centimetre (1-inch) cream or pale yellow blooms singly on long stems. Six petals surround a prominent central puff of long, thick stamens (male reproductive structures). Creamcups grow with grasses in open ground and flower from March to May.

      The genus is of botanical interest for its 6–25 almost free (partially fused) carpels, a condition that suggests a relationship to the buttercups (family Ranunculaceae).

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  • creamcups — n. a California plant ({Platystemon californicus}) with small pale yellow flowers. Syn: {Platystemon californicus}. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • creamcups — ☆ creamcups [krēm′kups΄ ] n. pl. creamcups an annual plant (Platystemon californicus) of the poppy family, with small, cream colored flowers, native to the SW U.S.: also cream cups …   English World dictionary

  • creamcups — noun California plant with small pale yellow flowers • Syn: ↑Platystemon californicus • Hypernyms: ↑poppy • Member Holonyms: ↑Platystemon, ↑genus Platystemon * * * ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun pl …   Useful english dictionary

  • creamcups — noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: 1888 a California annual (Platystemon californicus) of the poppy family …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • creamcups — noun Platystemon californicus, an ornamental flowering plant in the Papaveraceae family, found growing wild throughout the American southwest and especially on the Pacific Coast …   Wiktionary

  • creamcups — cream•cups [[t]ˈkrimˌkʌps[/t]] n. pl. cups. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) pln a Californian plant, Platystemon californicus, of the poppy family, having small, pale yellow or cream colored flowers • Etymology: 1885–90, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • Platystemon californicus — creamcups creamcups n. a California plant ({Platystemon californicus}) with small pale yellow flowers. Syn: {Platystemon californicus}. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Platystemon californicus — creamcups creamcups n. a California plant ({Platystemon californicus}) with small pale yellow flowers. Syn: {Platystemon californicus}. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Platystemon californicus — Taxobox | name = Creamcups image width = 240px regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Ranunculales familia = Papaveraceae genus = Platystemon species = P. californicus binomial = Platystemon californicus binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • genus Platystemon — noun one species: creamcups • Syn: ↑Platystemon • Hypernyms: ↑dilleniid dicot genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Papaveraceae, ↑family Papaveraceae, ↑poppy family …   Useful english dictionary

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