[sel-uh n-dahyn, -deen]


Also called greater celandine, swallowwort. an Old World plant, Chelidonium majus, of the poppy family, having yellow flowers.
Also called lesser celandine. an Old World plant, Ranunculus ficaria, of the buttercup family, having fleshy, heart-shaped leaves and solitary yellow flowers.

Origin of celandine

1275–1325; Middle English selandyne, variant of celydon < Latin chelīdonia greater celandine, chelīdonium lesser celandine < Greek chelīdónion, derivative of chelīdṓn swallow; said to be so called because it blooms when the swallows return in spring
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Examples from the Web for celandine

Historical Examples of celandine

  • As she did so she caught sight of Celandine standing by the railing.

  • But Celandine did not find it possible to be interested in this and similar pieces of advice.

  • From a human point of view a celandine bed is the most beautiful thing.

    Lives of the Fur Folk

    M. D. Haviland

  • The descriptions of celandine and broom are also characteristic.

    The Old English Herbals

    Eleanour Sinclair Rohde

  • I had picked a lot of celandine, and stuck them about in her hair, where they shone like stars.

    Grey Roses

    Henry Harland

British Dictionary definitions for celandine



either of two unrelated plants, Chelidonium majus (greater celandine) or Ranunculus ficaria (lesser celandine)See greater celandine, lesser celandine

Word Origin for celandine

C13: earlier celydon, from Latin chelīdonia (the plant), from chelīdonius of the swallow, from Greek khelidōn swallow; the plant's season was believed to parallel the migration of swallows
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