- a plant, Aquilegia caerula, of the buttercup family, having showy flowers with white petals and white to blue sepals that form long, backward spurs: the state flower of Colorado.
- any of various other plants of the genus Aquilegia, characterized by divided leaves and showy flowers of various colors.
Origin of columbine1
- of a dove.
- dovelike; dove-colored.
Origin of columbine2
- a female character in commedia dell'arte and pantomime: sweetheart of Harlequin.
- a female given name.
Origin of Columbine
Examples from the Web for columbine
In the eyes of the NRA, Rambo is as grave a threat to gun rights as The Fonz—or the director of Bowling for Columbine.Rambo Hates Guns: How Sylvester Stallone Became the Most Anti-Gun Celeb in Hollywood
August 14, 2014
Gun massacres like Newtown and Columbine can destroy communities, families, and schools.Hands Off Those Gun Laws, Judges
June 1, 2014
But school-based arrests in Pennsylvania alone went up by 300 percent since Columbine.
“Before Columbine, juvenile crime had been coming down,” May said.
In a kind of manifesto, the Virginia Tech killer had written about the two Columbine killers.What if the Founding Fathers Saw Newtown?
December 13, 2013
Fennel, for instance, emblemised flattery, and columbine ingratitude.Storyology
There, still at his brooding, the returning Columbine discovered him a half-hour later.
Climene had been silent and thoughtful, pondering what Columbine had called this romance of hers.
Columbine snapped like the shrew she masked: "You little sneak!"Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
Hold on a minute, I'm going to shift my saddle to Columbine.Peggy Stewart at School
Gabrielle E. Jackson
- any plant of the ranunculaceous genus Aquilegia, having purple, blue, yellow, or red flowers with five spurred petalsAlso called: aquilegia
- of, relating to, or resembling a dove
- (originally) the character of a servant girl in commedia dell'arte
- (later) the sweetheart of Harlequin in English pantomime
Word Origin and History for columbine
c.1300, from Old French columbine "columbine," or directly from Medieval Latin columbina, from Late Latin columbina "verbena," fem. of Latin columbinus, literally "dove-like," from columba "dove." The inverted flower supposedly resembles a cluster of five doves. Also a fem. proper name; in Italian comedy, the name of the mistress of Harlequin.