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

  • n. See columbine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a plant of the genus Aquilegia having irregular showy spurred flowers; N temperate regions esp. mountains.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of acrid plants, natural order
  • n. Ranunculaceœ, widely distributed over the temperate parts of the northern hemisphere.

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


Medieval Latin aquilēgia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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