Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A biennial Eurasian plant (Campanula rapunculus) having rosette leaves with winged stalks, panicles of lilac-colored flowers, and an edible root used in salads.
  • n. Any of various similar plants of the genus Phyteuma.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several flowering plants of the genus Phyteuma, within the family Campanulaceae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant (Campanula Rapunculus) of the Bellflower family, with a tuberous esculent root; -- also called ramps.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the bellflowers, Campanula Rapunculus, a native of central and southern Europe, formerly much cultivated in gardens for its white tuberous roots, which were used as a salad. More fully garden rampion.
  • n. A name of several plants of other genera

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. bellflower of Europe and Asia and North Africa having bluish flowers and an edible tuberous root used with the leaves in salad

Etymologies

Probably alteration of French raiponce, from Old French responce, from Old Italian raponzo, probably from rapa, turnip, from Latin rāpum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • ” “Ah, ” she replied, “if I can’t get some of the rampion, which is in the garden behind our house, to eat, I shall die.

    Rapunzel

  • "Ah," she replied, "if I can't get some of the rampion, which is in the garden behind our house, to eat, I shall die."

    Household Tales by Brothers Grimm

  • 'Ah,' she replied, 'if I can't eat some of the rampion, which is in the garden behind our house, I shall die.'

    Grimm's Fairy Tales

  • "Ah," she replied, "if I can't get some of the rampion which is in the garden behind our house, to eat, I shall die."

    Grimm's Fairy Stories

  • “Ah,” she replied, “if I can’t get some of the rampion, which is in the garden behind our house, to eat, I shall die.”

    Household Tales

  • Salad of endive, radish, rampion, and lemon. 104 small plates.

    Delizia!

  • The Grimms, who were eager to avoid sexual innuendo in their revisions, might have preferred rampion to parsley on account of the herbs 'different popular uses and sought to bury a different story, one uncomfortably close to daily life.

    Rapunzel, Parsley & Pregnancy

  • Or it may be Campanula rapunculus, known in Germany as rampion or Rapunzel-Glockenblume.

    The Girl in the Tower

  • And in the kitchen-garden at Castlewood no rampion would she allow while she lived.

    Erema

  • The man, who loved her, thought, “Sooner than let thy wife die, bring her some of the rampion thyself, let it cost thee what it will.”

    Household Tales

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  • "Rampion features prominently in some versions of the story of Rapunzel. In the Grimm's brothers' fairy tale 'Rapunzel' it is noted that 'rapunzel' is the name given to a local form of rampion."
    _Wikipedia

    January 25, 2008