columbine[käl′əm bīn′, -bin′]
Origin: ME & OFr < ML columbina < L columbinus, dovelike (see columbarium): the flower is thought to resemble a flock of doves
Origin: It Colombina < L columbina, fem. of columbinus, dovelike: see columbarium
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Origin: 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.