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Middle English celidoine, Old French celidoine, French chélidoine, from Latin chelīdonia, from chelīdonius ‎(relating to the swallow), from Ancient Greek χελιδόνιος ‎(khelidónios), χελιδών ‎(khelidṓn).


celandine ‎(plural celandines)

  1. Either of two unrelated flowering plants:
    1. The greater celandine (Chelidonium majus)
    2. The lesser celandine (Ficaria verna, formerly Ranunculus ficaria)
    • 1950, C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Collins, 1998, Chapter 11,
      Coming suddenly round a corner into a glade of silver birch trees Edmund saw the ground covered in all directions with little yellow flowers—celandines.

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