- an ancient Greek festival in honor of Apollo.
- Also Del·phine [del-feen] /dɛlˈfin/. a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “dolphin.”
- any of numerous plants of the genus Delphinium, especially any of various tall, cultivated species having usually blue, pink, or white flowers.
Origin of delphinium
1655–65; < New Latin < Greek delphī́nion larkspur, derivative of delphī́s (stem delphīn-) dolphin; so called from the shape of the nectary
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Uncrystallised aconitia is sometimes contaminated with delphinia, as well as with aconella, another constituent of aconite root.
As such, his commonest name is Delphinius, the “dolphin god,” in whose honour the festival Delphinia was celebrated in Attica.
For external use in neuralgic and rheumatic affections, as a substitute for solution of delphinia.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
The sending of the maidens to propitiate the god during the Delphinia commemorates this event in the life of Theseus.
- any ranunculaceous plant of the genus Delphinium: many varieties are cultivated as garden plants for their spikes of blue, pink, or white spurred flowersSee also larkspur
C17: New Latin, from Greek delphinion larkspur, from delphis dolphin, referring to the shape of the nectary
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