AskDefine | Define columbine

Dictionary Definition

columbine n : a plant of the genus Aquilegia having irregular showy spurred flowers; north temperate regions especially mountains [syn: aquilegia, aquilege]

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English

Etymology

Old French columbin (French columbin), from Latin columbinus, from columba ‘dove, pigeon’. In the noun sense, from Latin colombina herba ‘dove-like plant’, the flower being likened to five clustered pigeons.

Pronunciation

IPA: /'kɒləmbʌɪn/

Noun

columbine
  1. Any plant of the genus Aquilegia, having distinctive bell-shaped flowers with spurs on each petal.

Translations

Adjective

columbine
  1. pertaining to a dove or pigeon
    • Late C14: Com forþ now, wiþ þyne eyen columbyn! / How fairer been þy brestes þan is wyn! — Geoffrey Chaucer, The Merchant's Tale

Extensive Definition

Columbine may refer to:
  • Aquilegia, the genus of perennial flowering plants called columbines. One variety, Rocky Mountain Columbine, is the state flower of Colorado

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Other

columbine in German: Columbine
columbine in Spanish: Columbine
columbine in French: Columbine
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