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columbine

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noun col·um·bine \ˈkä-ləm-ˌbīn\

Simple Definition of columbine

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of columbine

  1. :  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 and Etymology 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

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noun Col·um·bine \-ˌbīn, -ˌbēn\

Definition of Columbine

  1. :  the saucy sweetheart of Harlequin in comedy and pantomime



Origin and Etymology of columbine

Italian Colombina


First Known Use: 1719


COLUMBINE Defined for Kids

columbine

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noun col·um·bine \ˈkä-ləm-ˌbīn\

Definition of columbine for Students

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




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