Origin of columbineMiddle English and amp; 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 columb&imacron;na, from feminine of Latin columb&imacron;nus, 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)