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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 Pansies, roses, daffodils, delphinium; her garden was a cascade of blossoms and color., "Marilyn L. Spencer," 10 Nov. 2019 So roses, delphiniums, chrysanthemums, daylilies, hydrangeas and tall phlox would also like that mulch of compost that the vegetables get. Washington Post, "Cover your ground, for your plants’ sake," 22 Oct. 2019 Take the bridal order for bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, and corsages of sunflowers and delphiniums. Denise Coffey,, "NEPS Opens Full Service Florist Shop," 22 July 2019 Lawns, raspberries, delphiniums and peonies, spruce, birch and tomatoes. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Love the warm weather? Your plants will too - but only if you water them enough," 27 June 2019 Roots Landscape curated a mix of easy-care perennials (hollyhocks, delphiniums) for an English-garden feel. 7. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "How Edgewood Hall's Historic Facade Was Back to Life," 7 Aug. 2019 The blue is the color of delphiniums and hydrangeas, plant varieties found throughout the property. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This Former Party Island for British Royals is Now a Chic New Hotel," 18 June 2019 Blooms from the ranunculus, some from daffodils, an anemone dyed salmon and a broken stem of a blue delphinium pick up the colors and bigger shapes. Lindsey Taylor, WSJ, "A Slightly Surreal Floral Arrangement Inspired by Joan Miró," 22 Feb. 2019 Then came the 17th, a Picnic at Hanging Rock–inspired display of sweetness and sexiness, set against a landscape of delphiniums. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Raf Simons Has a Peculiar Runway Show Habit—Have You Noticed It?," 16 Jan. 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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