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delphinium

[del-fin-ee-uh m]
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noun, plural del·phin·i·ums, del·phin·i·a [del-fin-ee-uh] /dɛlˈfɪn i ə/.
  1. any of numerous plants of the genus Delphinium, especially any of various tall, cultivated species having usually blue, pink, or white flowers.
Compare larkspur.

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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delphinium

noun plural -iums or -ia (-ɪə)
  1. 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

Word Origin

C17: New Latin, from Greek delphinion larkspur, from delphis dolphin, referring to the shape of the nectary
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