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corydalis

[kuh-rid-l-is]
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noun
  1. any of the erect or climbing plants constituting the genus Corydalis, of the poppy family, having divided leaves, tuberous or fibrous roots, and clusters of irregular spurred flowers.

Origin of corydalis

1810–20; < New Latin < Greek korydallís, extended variant of korydós crested lark, derivative of koryd-, variant of koryth- (stem of kórys) helmet, head, crest; akin to kára head
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Examples from the Web for corydalis

Historical Examples

  • Corydaline, kor′id-a-lin, n. an alkaloid obtained from the root of Corydalis tuberosa.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)

    Various

  • Corydalis in the garden seems so garden-bred that you almost forget the flower was ever wild.

    Old-Time Gardens

    Alice Morse Earle

  • The little geranium known as herb-robert is a neighbor of the corydalis, and, like it, stands the cold remarkably well.

    A Rambler's lease

    Bradford Torrey

  • The hellgramite, the larva of the corydalis fly, in its native waters, is also successful for still-fishing.

    Favorite Fish and Fishing

    James Alexander Henshall

  • Farther on are close green tufts of the Corydalis, with its delicate lilac flowers.


British Dictionary definitions for corydalis

corydalis

noun
  1. any erect or climbing plant of the N temperate genus Corydalis, having finely-lobed leaves and spurred yellow or pinkish flowers: family FumariaceaeAlso called: fumitory

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from Greek korudallis variant of korudos crested lark, from korus helmet, crest; alluding to the appearance of the flowers
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