columbine

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col·um·bine

noun \ˈkä-ləm-ˌbīn\

: a plant that has flowers with five petals that are thin and pointed

Full Definition of COLUMBINE

:  any of a genus (Aquilegia) of plants of the buttercup family with irregular showy spurred flowers: as
a :  a red-flowered plant (A. canadensis) of eastern North America
b :  a blue-flowered plant (A. caerulea) of the Rocky Mountains

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Origin of COLUMBINE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin columbina, from Latin, feminine of columbinus like a dove, from columba dove; akin to Old High German holuntar elder tree, Greek kolymbos a small grebe, kelainos black
First Known Use: 14th century

Col·um·bine

noun \-ˌbīn, -ˌbēn\

Definition of COLUMBINE

:  the saucy sweetheart of Harlequin in comedy and pantomime

Origin of COLUMBINE

Italian Colombina
First Known Use: 1719

columbine

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of approximately 80 species of perennial herbaceous plants constituting the genus Aquilegia, in the buttercup family, native to Europe and North America. They are distinctive for their five-petaled flowers with long, backward-extending spurs. Sepals and petals are brightly coloured. A. caerulea and A. chysantha are native to the Rocky Mountains. The wild columbine of North America (A. canadensis), bearing red flowers with touches of yellow, grows in woods and on rocky ledges from southern Canada southward. Many garden hybrids are cultivated for their showy flowers.

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