larkspur

[ lahrk-spur ]
/ ˈlɑrkˌspɜr /
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noun

any of several plants belonging to the genera Delphinium and Consolida, of the buttercup family, characterized by the spur-shaped formation of the calyx and petals.

Nearby words

  1. lark it up,
  2. lark sparrow,
  3. larkin,
  4. larkin, philip,
  5. larking,
  6. larky,
  7. larmen,
  8. larmor precession,
  9. larmor theorem,
  10. larn

Origin of larkspur

First recorded in 1570–80; lark1 + spur1

Larkspur

[ lahrk-spur ]
/ ˈlɑrkˌspɜr /

noun

a town in W California.
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British Dictionary definitions for larkspur

larkspur

/ (ˈlɑːkˌspɜː) /

noun

any of various ranunculaceous plants of the genus Delphinium, with spikes of blue, pink, or white irregular spurred flowers

Word Origin for larkspur

C16: lark 1 + spur

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Word Origin and History for larkspur

larkspur

n.

type of plant, 1570s, from lark (n.) + spur (n.); so called from resemblance to the bird's large hind claws.

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