larkspur

noun

lark·​spur ˈlärk-ˌspər How to pronounce larkspur (audio)
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2
: any of the delphiniums that are annuals, have the upper two petals of the corolla united and the bottom two missing, are now often placed in a separate genus (Consolida), and include several widely cultivated forms

Examples of larkspur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The flowers range from delicate snow lilies and fairy slipper orchids to dwarf larkspur and Colorado blue columbines, the state flower. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 23 Apr. 2024 Giant larkspurs and lush artemisias weaved their way across the Art Deco stairway as guests ascended the reception hall. Maia Torres, Vogue, 4 Apr. 2024 Wildflowers found at various elevations include mountain shooting star, Western columbine, elephant’s head, and slim larkspur. Krista Simmons and J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 8 Mar. 2024 Options for your new plantings include pinks, sweet alyssum, larkspurs, snapdragons, Iceland poppies, stocks, foxgloves, wallflowers, ornamental Swiss chard and, a little closer to March, petunias. Neil Sperry, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 Feb. 2024 Why aren’t my larkspur coming up? Kristin Scharkey, Sunset Magazine, 30 Mar. 2022 July Birth Month Flower: Larkspur Standing tall and proud—and representing all the summer babies born in July—is the stunning larkspur. Jenny Krane, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Feb. 2023 One wildflower seed mix includes corn flower, rocket larkspur and red corn poppy. Dallas News, 19 Oct. 2022 Back-country skiers love it for the spectacular scenery and easy access while hikers love it for the columbines, lupine, larkspur and almost 300 species of wildflowers that erupt each spring and summer. Mary Forgione, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of larkspur was in 1578

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“Larkspur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/larkspur. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

larkspur

noun
lark·​spur ˈlärk-ˌspər How to pronounce larkspur (audio)
: delphinium
especially : a cultivated delphinium grown for its stalks of showy blue, pink, or white flowers

Medical Definition

larkspur

noun
lark·​spur ˈlärk-ˌspər How to pronounce larkspur (audio)
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2
a
: any of various annual Eurasian herbaceous plants (genus Consolida) that were formerly placed in the same genus as the delphiniums
b
: the dried seeds of a European larkspur (Consolida ajacis synonym Delphinium ajacis) used especially in a topical preparation to kill head lice

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