Origin of columbineMiddle English and Old French from Medieval Latin columbina from Classical Latin columbinus, dovelike (see columbarium): the flower is thought to resemble a flock of doves
Origin of ColumbineItalian Colombina from Classical Latin columbina, feminine of columbinus, dovelike: see columbarium
Origin of columbineMiddle 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
From the Latin colombina herba (“dove-like plant”), the flower being likened to five clustered pigeons.
(comparative more columbine, superlative most columbine)