- a European bellflower, Campanula rapunculus, having an edible white tuberous root used in Europe for salad.
- any related plant of the genus Phyteuma, having heads or spikes of blue flowers.
Origin of rampion
1565–75; probably alteration of Middle French raiponce < Italian raponzo, derivative of rapa turnip (< Latin rāpa; see rape2)
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Examples from the Web for rampion
Rampion, phyteuma spicata, was formerly used in like manner.
And in the kitchen-garden at Castlewood no rampion would she allow while she lived.Erema
R. D. Blackmore
Rather than lose my wife I will get some rampion, cost what it will.Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm
Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
The Rampion is a biennial plant, indigenous to the south of Europe, and occasionally found in a wild state in England.The Field and Garden Vegetables of America
Hence, in ancient dream-books, a dream in which the Rampion is seen is interpreted as a sure sign of an impending quarrel.Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics
- a campanulaceous plant, Campanula rapunculus, native to Europe and Asia, that has clusters of bluish flowers and an edible white tuberous root used in salads
- any of several plants of the related genus Phyteuma that are native to Europe and Asia and have heads of blue flowers
C16: probably from Old French raiponce, from Old Italian raponzo, from rapa turnip, from Latin rāpum turnip; see rape ²
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