noun \ˈkam-pē-ən\

Definition of CAMPION

:  any of various plants (genera Lychnis and Silene) of the pink family

Origin of CAMPION

probably from obsolete campion (champion)
First Known Use: 1576

Rhymes with CAMPION


biographical name \ˈkam-pē-ən\

Definition of CAMPION

Thomas 1567–1620 Eng. poet & composer


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Bladder campion (Silene vulgaris).—Jewel Craig—The National Audubon Society Collection/Photo Researchers

Any of the ornamental rock-garden or border plants that make up the genus Silene, of the pink family, consisting of about 720 species of herbaceous plants found throughout the world. The name is also applied to members of the genus Lychnis of the same family. Some species of Silene stand erect; others are spreading plants. The stems often are covered with a sticky material. Some species have solitary flowers; others have branched clusters of red, white, or pink flowers. The fruit is a capsule.


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