Meaning 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).