from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a genu having only one species; the greater celandine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A papaveraceous genus of plants, of only two species, of Europe and Asia. C. majus is the common celandine. See celandine.
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- n. one species: greater celandine
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When there are stitching pains in the right hypochondriac region, Bryonia is the first remedy to be thought of, though for these pains we have other remedies, such as Chelidonium and Kali carbonicum.
But the society of plants is as promiscuous as our own, and accordingly we find here the jaundiced _Chelidonium_ filled with bilious juices; the feculent-smelling flowerets of the
The sandy soil near the gates of Calais abounded with the _Chelidonium
The seeds of _Chelidonium majus_ were found to have as great, and possibly greater, enzymic activity than castor seeds, but those of _Linaria_ are much weaker, twenty to thirty parts having only the same lipolytic activity as four to five parts of castor seeds.
In dropsical diseases, I have effected this result most frequently, for years past, by means of Carduus mariæ, less frequently by Quassia, still less frequently by Nux vomica, and only in a few cases by Chelidonium: according as one or the other of these agents seemed indicated by the epidemic character of the disease.
 The greater Celandine, or _Coeli donum_ (_Chelidonium majus_), though growing freely in our waste places and hedgerows, is, perhaps, scarcely so well known as its diminutive namesake.
The technical name of the greater Celandine (_Chelidonium_) comes from the Greek word _Chelidon_, a swallow, because of an ancient tradition that the bird makes use of this herb to open the eyes of its young, or to restore their sight when it has been lost: --
This plant, the _Chelidonium majus_, is still used in Suffolk for toothache by way of fomentation.
Bauhin described it some years afterwards in his Phytopinax under the name of _Chelidonium majus foliis quernis_, or oak-leaved celandine.
The same doubt exists as to the origin of the _Capsella heegeri_ of Solms-Laubach, and of the oldest recorded mutation, that of _Chelidonium laciniatum_ in Heidelberg about 1600.