from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any plant of the genus Aquilegia, having distinctive bell-shaped flowers with spurs on each petal.
- adj. Pertaining to a dove or pigeon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a dove; dovelike; dove-colored.
- n. A plant of several species of the genus Aquilegia.
- n. The mistress or sweetheart of Harlequin in pantomimes.
from The 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).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a plant of the genus Aquilegia having irregular showy spurred flowers; north temperate regions especially mountains
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)
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)