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  1. any of the erect or climbing plants constituting the genus Corydalis, of the poppy family, having divided leaves, tuberous or fibrous roots, and clusters of irregular spurred flowers.
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Origin of corydalis

1810–20; < New Latin < Greek korydallís, extended variant of korydós crested lark, derivative of koryd-, variant of koryth- (stem of kórys) helmet, head, crest; akin to kára head
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Examples from the Web for corydalis

Historical Examples

  • Corydaline, kor′id-a-lin, n. an alkaloid obtained from the root of Corydalis tuberosa.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • Corydalis in the garden seems so garden-bred that you almost forget the flower was ever wild.

    Old-Time Gardens

    Alice Morse Earle

  • The little geranium known as herb-robert is a neighbor of the corydalis, and, like it, stands the cold remarkably well.

    A Rambler's lease

    Bradford Torrey

  • The hellgramite, the larva of the corydalis fly, in its native waters, is also successful for still-fishing.

    Favorite Fish and Fishing

    James Alexander Henshall

  • Farther on are close green tufts of the Corydalis, with its delicate lilac flowers.

British Dictionary definitions for corydalis


  1. any erect or climbing plant of the N temperate genus Corydalis, having finely-lobed leaves and spurred yellow or pinkish flowers: family FumariaceaeAlso called: fumitory
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from Greek korudallis variant of korudos crested lark, from korus helmet, crest; alluding to the appearance of the flowers
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