campion

[ kam-pee-uh n ]
/ ˈkæm pi ən /

noun

any of several plants of the genera Lychnis and Silene, having white, pink, or reddish flowers.

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Origin of campion

1570–80; special use of campion, old variant (< Anglo-French) of champion; compare Greek (lychnis) stephanōmatikós (lychnis) for making garlands, with which the winners of games were crowned

Definition for campion (2 of 2)

Campion
[ kam-pee-uh n ]
/ ˈkæm pi ən /

noun

Thomas,1567–1620, English songwriter and poet.
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British Dictionary definitions for campion (1 of 2)

campion
/ (ˈkæmpɪən) /

noun

any of various caryophyllaceous plants of the genera Silene and Lychnis, having red, pink, or white flowersSee also bladder campion

Word Origin for campion

C16: probably from campion, obsolete variant of champion, perhaps so called because originally applied to Lychnis coronaria, the leaves of which were used to crown athletic champions

British Dictionary definitions for campion (2 of 2)

Campion
/ (ˈkæmpɪən) /

noun

Saint Edmund. 1540–81, English Jesuit martyr. He joined the Jesuits in 1573 and returned to England (1580) as a missionary. He was charged with treason and hanged
Jane. born 1954, New Zealand film director and screenwriter: her films include An Angel at My Table (1990), The Piano (1993), Holy Smoke (1999), In the Cut (2003), and Bright Star (2009)
Thomas. 1567–1620, English poet and musician, noted particularly for his songs for the lute
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