One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of various lichens or fungi bearing cup-shaped fruiting bodies, especially the fungus scarlet cup, Sarcoscypha coccinea, and several lichens of the genus Cladonia; the fruiting bodies themselves.
2The cowslip, Primula veris, or its flowers.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Alphonso Wood (1810–1881), botanist.
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