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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Definitions for columbine

  1. dovelike; dove-colored.
  2. of a dove.

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Citations for columbine
For it is not possible to join serpentine wisdom with columbine innocency, except men know exactly all the conditions of the serpent: his baseness and going upon his belly, his volubility and lubricity, his envy and sting, and the rest; that is, all forms and natures of evil … Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning, 1605
Com forth now with thyne eyen columbyn. / How fairer been thy brestes than is wyn. Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Merchant’s Tale,” The Canterbury Tales, 1387–1400
Origin of columbine
Columbine is derived from the Latin columba meaning "dove." The columbine flower was so named because of its resemblance to a cluster of doves.