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columbine

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[ kol-uhm-bahyn ]
/ ˈkɒl əmˌbaɪn /
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noun
a plant, Aquilegia caerula, of the buttercup family, having showy flowers with white petals and white to blue sepals that form long, backward spurs: the state flower of Colorado.
any of various other plants of the genus Aquilegia, characterized by divided leaves and showy flowers of various colors.
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Origin of columbine

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1275–1325; Middle English <Medieval Latin columbīna (herba) dovelike (plant), feminine of Latin columbīnus (see columbine2); the inverted flower looks like a group of doves

Other definitions for columbine (2 of 3)

columbine2
[ kol-uhm-bahyn, -bin ]
/ ˈkɒl əmˌbaɪn, -bɪn /

adjective
of a dove.
dovelike; dove-colored.

Origin of columbine

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1350–1400; Middle English <Latin columbīnus, equivalent to columb(a) dove + -īnus-ine1

Other definitions for columbine (3 of 3)

Columbine
[ kol-uhm-bahyn ]
/ ˈkɒl əmˌbaɪn /

noun
a female character in commedia dell'arte and pantomime: sweetheart of Harlequin.
a female given name.

Origin of Columbine

1720–30; <Italian Columbina literally, dovelike girl; see columbine2
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British Dictionary definitions for columbine (1 of 3)

columbine1
/ (ˈkɒləmˌbaɪn) /

noun
any plant of the ranunculaceous genus Aquilegia, having purple, blue, yellow, or red flowers with five spurred petalsAlso called: aquilegia

Word Origin for columbine

C13: from Medieval Latin columbīna herba dovelike plant, from Latin columbīnus dovelike, from the resemblance of the flower to a group of doves

British Dictionary definitions for columbine (2 of 3)

columbine2
/ (ˈkɒləmˌbaɪn) /

adjective
of, relating to, or resembling a dove

Word Origin for columbine

C14: from Old French colombin, from Latin columbīnus dovelike, from columba dove

British Dictionary definitions for columbine (3 of 3)

Columbine
/ (ˈkɒləmˌbaɪn) /

noun
(originally) the character of a servant girl in commedia dell'arte
(later) the sweetheart of Harlequin in English pantomime
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