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
See columbine in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Medieval Latin columbīna
Origin: , from feminine of Latin columbīnus, dovelike (from the resemblance of the inverted flower to a cluster of doves)
Origin: , from columba, dove.
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