delphinium

[ del-fin-ee-uh m ]
/ dɛlˈfɪn i əm /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. delphic,
  2. delphic oracle,
  3. delphinia,
  4. delphinin,
  5. delphinine,
  6. delphinus,
  7. delray beach,
  8. delsarte,
  9. delsarte method,
  10. delsarte system

Compare larkspur.

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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