columbine

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See also: Columbine

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Etymology 1[edit]

From the Latin colombina herba (dove-like plant), the flower being likened to five clustered pigeons.

Noun[edit]

columbine (plural columbines)

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  1. Any plant of the genus Aquilegia, having distinctive bell-shaped flowers with spurs on each petal.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from Old French columbin (French colombin), from Latin columbinus, from columba (dove, pigeon).

Adjective[edit]

columbine (comparative more columbine, superlative most columbine)

  1. (archaic) Pertaining to a dove or pigeon.
    • late 1500s, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Merchant's Tale:
      Com forþ now, wiþ þyne eyen columbyn! / How fairer been þy brestes þan is wyn!
    • Francis Bacon
      It is not possible to join serpentine wisdom with the columbine innocency, except men know exactly all the conditions of the serpent.
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