columbine

noun col·um·bine \ ˈkä-ləm-ˌbīn \
|Updated on: 21 Jul 2018

Definition of columbine

: any of a genus (Aquilegia) of plants of the buttercup family with irregular showy spurred flowers: such 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


Columbine

noun Col·um·bine \ ˈkä-ləm-ˌbīn , -ˌbēn \

Definition of Columbine

: the saucy sweetheart of Harlequin in comedy and pantomime

Origin and Etymology of columbine

Italian Colombina


COLUMBINE Defined for English Language Learners

columbine

Definition of columbine for English Language Learners

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


COLUMBINE Defined for Kids

columbine

noun col·um·bine \ ˈkä-ləm-ˌbīn \

Definition of columbine for Students

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

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