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columbine

noun col·um·bine \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

Columbine

noun Col·um·bine \-ˌbīn, -ˌbēn\

Definition of COLUMBINE

:  the saucy sweetheart of Harlequin in comedy and pantomime

Origin of COLUMBINE

Italian Colombina
First Known Use: 1719
COLUMBINE Defined for Kids

columbine

noun col·um·bine \ˈkä-ləm-ˌbīn\

Definition of COLUMBINE for Kids

:  a plant that has leaves with three parts and showy flowers usually with five petals that are thin and pointed

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