Definition of cuckoo pint in English:

cuckoo pint


  • The common European wild arum of woodland and hedgerows, with a pale spathe and a purple or green spadix followed by bright red berries.

    Arum maculatum, family Araceae

    • ‘Celandine, cow parsley, cuckoo pint, goosegrass and bluebells also only put out the most tentative shoots, but deadnettles did not appear at all, and rosemary did not flower.’


Late Middle English: from earlier cuckoo-pintle, from pintle in the obsolete sense ‘penis’ (because of the shape of the spadix).