delphinium

noun
del·​phin·​i·​um | \ del-ˈfi-nē-əm How to pronounce delphinium (audio) \

Definition of delphinium

: any of a large genus (Delphinium) of the buttercup family that comprises chiefly perennial erect branching herbs with palmately divided leaves and irregular flowers in showy spikes and includes several that are poisonous — compare larkspur

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Recent Examples on the Web Stroll the 10-acre garden and take in a display of more than 500 variations of irises, plus perennials such as lupine, allium, Icelandic poppies and delphinium. oregonlive, 3 June 2022 These were yellow and orange eremuri, gladioli, snapdragons, peach foxgloves, cow parsley, solidaster, oncidium orchids, blue and purple delphinium, pink hydrangeas, agapanthus, peonies, and garden roses. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 June 2022 Stroll the 10-acre garden and take in a display of more than 500 variations of irises, plus perennials such as lupine, allium, Icelandic poppies and delphinium. oregonlive, 29 Apr. 2022 The larger floral arrangements will feature red and white roses, carnations, gerbera, eustoma, white chrysanthemums, blue agapanthus, delphinium, and eryngium (sea holly). Emily Burack, Town & Country, 28 Mar. 2022 Some of the seeds to start include petunias, pansies, dianthus, hollyhocks, delphinium, foxgloves and annual phlox. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 4 Sep. 2021 Stake tall-growing flowering plants such as delphinium, hollyhocks, and lupine. oregonlive, 1 July 2021 Lilacs are succeeded by peonies, delphinium, lilies and roses, a progression of bloom and fragrances, supplemented by a judicious selection of perennials and the occasional annual. Jeanine Barone, Forbes, 27 June 2021 Some varieties of roses and accent flowers including delphinium were impacted by a rainy spring in Ecuador and Colombia, where many of the blossoms sold in the U.S. are sourced. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 5 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of delphinium

1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for delphinium

New Latin, genus name, from Greek delphinion larkspur, diminutive of delphin-, delphis dolphin; probably from the shape of the nectary

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“Delphinium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delphinium. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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delphinium

noun
del·​phin·​i·​um | \ del-ˈfin-ē-əm How to pronounce delphinium (audio) \

Medical Definition of delphinium

1 capitalized : a large genus of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) that comprises chiefly perennial herbs with divided leaves and flowers in showy spikes and includes several especially of the western United States that are toxic to grazing animals and especially cattle — see larkspur, stavesacre
2 : any plant of the genus Delphinium

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