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columbine2

[kol-uh m-bahyn, -bin] /ˈkɒl əmˌbaɪn, -bɪn/
adjective
1.
of a dove.
2.
dovelike; dove-colored.
Origin of columbine2
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin columbīnus, equivalent to columb(a) dove + -īnus -ine1
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columbine1

/ˈkɒləmˌbaɪn/
noun
1.
any plant of the ranunculaceous genus Aquilegia, having purple, blue, yellow, or red flowers with five spurred petals Also called aquilegia
Word Origin
C13: from Medieval Latin columbīna herba dovelike plant, from Latin columbīnus dovelike, from the resemblance of the flower to a group of doves

columbine2

/ˈkɒləmˌbaɪn/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or resembling a dove
Word Origin
C14: from Old French colombin, from Latin columbīnus dovelike, from columba dove

Columbine

/ˈkɒləmˌbaɪn/
noun
1.
(originally) the character of a servant girl in commedia dell'arte
2.
(later) the sweetheart of Harlequin in English pantomime
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Word Origin and History for most-columbine

columbine

n.

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.

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