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(Science: botany) A plant (Campanula Rapunculus) of the bellflower family, with a tuberous esculent root; also called ramps.

The name is sometimes given to plants of the genus Phyteuma, herds of the bellflower family, and to the American evening primrose (Enothera biennis), which has run wild in some parts of Europe.

Origin: Cf. F. Raiponce, Sp. Ruiponce, reponche, L. Raperonzo, NL. Rapuntium, fr. L. Rapum, rapa, a turnip, rape. Cf. Rape a plant.