American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various perennial herbs of the genus Aquilegia native to north temperate regions, cultivated for their showy, variously colored flowers that have petals with long hollow spurs. Also called aquilegia.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or having the characters of a pigeon or dove; in ornithology, belonging to the Columbæ or Columbinæ; columbaceous.
- Of a dove-color; resembling the neck of a dove in color.
- n. One of the Columbæ or Columbidæ.
- n. The popular name of plants of the genus Aquilegia (which see). The common European columbine, A. vulgaris, is a favorite garden-flower, and owes its name to the fancied resemblance of its petals and sepals to the heads of pigeons round a dish, a favorite device of ancient artists.
- n. Any plant of the genus Aquilegia, having distinctive bell-shaped flowers with spurs on each petal.
- adj. archaic Pertaining to a dove or pigeon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to a dove; dovelike; dove-colored.
- n. (Bot.) A plant of several species of the genus Aquilegia.
- n. The mistress or sweetheart of Harlequin in pantomimes.
- n. a plant of the genus Aquilegia having irregular showy spurred flowers; north temperate regions especially mountains
- From Old French columbin (French columbin), from Latin columbinus, from dove, pigeon. The noun sense is from the Latin colombina herba ("dove-like plant"), the flower being likened to five clustered pigeons. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Medieval Latin columbīna, from feminine of Latin columbīnus, dovelike (from the resemblance of the inverted flower to a cluster of doves), from columba, dove. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“It is called 'columbine' because the spurs look a little like doves around a drinking fountain, and the Latin word for dove is '_columba_," said Dorothy.”
“DeAngelis, like so many, know that the word "columbine" will forever be associated with the tragic shootings.”
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