Columbine meaning

kŏləm-bīn
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Any of various perennial herbs of the genus Aquilegia in the buttercup family, native to northern temperate regions and cultivated for their showy, variously colored flowers that have petals with long hollow spurs.
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Any of a genus (Aquilegia) of plants of the buttercup family, with dainty, spurred flowers of various colors.
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Of or like a dove.
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Any plant of the genus Aquilegia, having distinctive bell-shaped flowers with spurs on each petal.
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(archaic) Pertaining to a dove or pigeon.
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Daughter of Pantaloon and sweetheart of Harlequin: a stock character in early pantomime.
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Origin of columbine

  • 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French columbin (French colombin), from Latin columbinus, from dove, pigeon.

    From Wiktionary

  • From the Latin colombina herba (“dove-like plant”), the flower being likened to five clustered pigeons.

    From Wiktionary