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campion

[kam-pee-uh n]
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noun
  1. 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

Campion

[kam-pee-uh n]
noun
  1. Thomas,1567–1620, English songwriter and poet.
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  • I lay down in the gangway of the yacht whilst Campion steered.

    My New Curate

    P.A. Sheehan

  • It was a slight, because expected, surprise to see Captain Campion at the altar rails.

    My New Curate

    P.A. Sheehan

  • And how Campion and Ormsby jumped at that idea of mine about the fishing schooner.

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    P.A. Sheehan

  • Miss Campion's and Mrs. Darcy's ideas of "the beautiful" were not exactly alike.

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    P.A. Sheehan

  • Miss Campion came in, and proffered the hospitality of her home.

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    P.A. Sheehan


British Dictionary definitions for campion

campion

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

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

Campion

noun
  1. 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
  2. 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)
  3. Thomas. 1567–1620, English poet and musician, noted particularly for his songs for the lute
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