a European bellflower (Campanula rapunculus) with thick, fleshy, white roots that are used with the leaves in salads or cooked, esp. formerly, as a vegetable
Origin of rampionaltered from uncertain or unknown; perhaps French raiponce, Italian raponzolo from Medieval Latin rapunculus, diminutive from Classical Latin rapum, turnip: see rape
- A biennial Eurasian plant (Campanula rapunculus) having bell-shaped lilac flowers and an edible root.
- Any of various perennial plants of the genus Phyteuma, having dense heads or spikes of bell-shaped blue or violet flowers.
Origin of rampionProbably alteration of French raiponce from Old French responce from Old Italian raponzo probably from rapa turnip from Latin rāpum