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 Wow them with this extravagant arrangement of peach roses, orange and pink tulips, mini sunflowers, pink larkspur and blue delphinium, all accented with assorted greenery. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "18 beautiful flower arrangements to send this Easter," 26 Mar. 2021 This group primarily includes hollyhock, delphinium, columbine and foxglove. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "What's right for your garden? Learn about 4 groups of fall flowers, when to plant them and when they bloom," 25 Nov. 2020 Plants in their yard include bee balm, phlox, delphinium, coneflowers, Japanese maples, five different kinds of hydrangeas, liatris, cup plant, European ginger, hostas, trillium, a couple hundred ferns, Jack in the pulpit and ligularia. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With mushroom cutouts, bird condos and plenty of plants, Sussex artist paints the landscape," 8 Oct. 2020 The load will include peonies, sweet pea, ranunculus, delphiniums, hyacinth, and other varieties. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "SF Flower Mart reopens in time for Mother’s Day with new social distancing rules," 22 Apr. 2020 Sow warm-weather plants like nightshades and cucurbits indoors for transplanting in May. Transplant aster, viola, zinnia, marigold, and delphinium from cold frames to beds. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Your Ultimate Spring Gardening To-Do List for March and April," 16 Mar. 2020 The bride, clutching a bouquet of calla lilies and hibiscus, followed a path of white delphiniums that led to an altar adorned with a huge arch of white, yellow, lavender and soft pink flowers. New York Times, "The Perfect Window for a First Impression," 29 Feb. 2020 For cool-season color, sow and plant alyssum, bachelor’s button, calendula, coreopsis, delphinium, hollyhock, and poppy. Thad Orr, Sunset Magazine, "Your Essential Winter Gardening To-Do List," 10 Feb. 2020 Pansies, roses, daffodils, delphinium; her garden was a cascade of blossoms and color. courant.com, "Marilyn L. Spencer," 10 Nov. 2019

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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 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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