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[ak-wuh-lee-jee-uh, ey-kwuh-]
  1. any plant belonging to the genus Aquilegia, of the buttercup family, comprising the columbines.
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Origin of aquilegia

1570–80; < New Latin, Medieval Latin, variant of aquilēia columbine
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Examples from the Web for aquilegia

Historical Examples

  • In Aquilegia I have met with a similar increase in the whorls of carpels.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • So also in some semi-double varieties of Narcissus poeticus, and in Aquilegia.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for aquilegia


  1. another name for columbine 1
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Word Origin

C19: from Medieval Latin, of uncertain origin
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