delphinium

[ del-fin-ee-uhm ]
/ dɛlˈfɪn i əm /

noun, plural del·phin·i·ums, del·phin·i·a [del-fin-ee-uh]. /dɛlˈfɪn i ə/.

any of numerous plants of the genus Delphinium, especially any of various tall, cultivated species having usually blue, pink, or white flowers.

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Origin of delphinium

1655–65; <New Latin <Greek delphī́nion larkspur, derivative of delphī́s (stem delphīn-) dolphin; so called from the shape of the nectary
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British Dictionary definitions for delphinium

delphinium
/ (dɛlˈfɪnɪəm) /

noun plural -iums or -ia (-ɪə)

any ranunculaceous plant of the genus Delphinium: many varieties are cultivated as garden plants for their spikes of blue, pink, or white spurred flowersSee also larkspur

Word Origin for delphinium

C17: New Latin, from Greek delphinion larkspur, from delphis dolphin, referring to the shape of the nectary
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