- any plant belonging to the genus Aquilegia, of the buttercup family, comprising the columbines.
Origin of aquilegia
1570–80; < New Latin, Medieval Latin, variant of aquilēia columbine
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Examples from the Web for aquilegia
In Aquilegia I have met with a similar increase in the whorls of carpels.
So also in some semi-double varieties of Narcissus poeticus, and in Aquilegia.
The Columbine (Aquilegia) is a desirable plant for the border.A Garden with House Attached
Sarah Warner Brooks
The caterpillar feeds on the columbine (Aquilegia canadensis).The Butterfly Book
William Jacob Holland
With fields of iris were aquilegia coerulea, violets, esparcette, and strawberries.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
- another name for columbine 1
C19: from Medieval Latin, of uncertain origin
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