American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See columbine.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of acrid plants, natural order
- n. Ranunculaceœ, widely distributed over the temperate parts of the northern hemisphere. The flowers have five flat, elliptical, colored sepals, alternating with as many spurred petals; the fruit consists of five follicles with numerous seeds. The spurred petals with incurved heads have been compared to five pigeons, the sepals representing the wings, and to this the English name columbine refers (from Latin columba, a pigeon). Several species are common in cultivation, and, as they are prone to sport and hybridize, the varieties of form and color are numerous. There are 10 North American species, in some of which, from the Rocky Mountains and Mexico, the spurs are several inches in length.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a plant of the genus Aquilegia having irregular showy spurred flowers; N temperate regions esp. mountains.
- n. a plant of the genus Aquilegia having irregular showy spurred flowers; north temperate regions especially mountains
- Medieval Latin aquilēgia. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Jane says every home should have a lavender, which I agree with in principle - granny's bonnet, botanic name aquilegia vulgaris and I think that says it all.”
““Now be sure not to miss the rose achillea, and my goodness, there must be a dozen varieties of aquilegia … oh, and liatris …” Ms. Evelyn called after Athen as she trudged up the hill in the direction Callie had previously scampered.”
“Started from seed, it is aquilegia ‘Barlow Black’,with smallish double flowers on tall stems.”
“The columbine, aquilegia ‘Magpie’, grown from free seeds included in a Thompson and Morgan order several years ago, is now opening, and was glad to get a shower to wash off the yellow pine pollen from its petals.”
“Just to keep in the wine colored theme, this columbine, aquilegia ‘Barlow Black’ has started its bloom period.”
“Columbine , aquilegia ‘Magpie’, another seed grown success that has shown itself to be true to seed , the babies have the dark hood and white center so charming in the shade garden.”
“Columbine, aquilegia ‘Magpie’ resembles an elaborate bonnet to be worn on special occasions for the more fashion forward among the fae.”
“The aquilegia looks suspiciously like one we used to have in our garden ... but I promise we didn't smuggle it back from Italy!”
“Thanks so much for your offer about the foxglove and aquilegia seeds, we would love some :- I've emailed you about that and also about the Colinette hat pattern.”
“There is no need to descend to Godwottery, or even to know the difference between an aquilegia and an antirrhinum, in order to be enthralled by the ingenious and lovely permutations of shape, colour and texture – to say nothing of scent – which surround you.”
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