Delphinium meaning

dĕl-fĭnē-əm
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A perennial plant of the genus Delphinium of the buttercup family, especially any of several tall cultivated varieties having palmate leaves and long racemes of showy, variously colored spurred flowers.
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Any of a genus (Delphinium) of plants of the buttercup family, bearing spikes of spurred, irregular flowers, usually blue, on tall stalks: several species are poisonous.
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A cultivated plant, belonging to the genus Delphinium, with tall blue-colored spikes containing flowers.
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A shade of blue, named for the flowers.

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A taxonomic genus within the family Ranunculaceae — a few hundred species of annual, biennial or perennial flowering plants, including popular garden plants, such as delphinium.
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Origin of delphinium

  • New Latin Delphinium genus name from Greek delphinion larkspur probably diminutive of delphīs delphīn- dolphin (from the shape of the nectary)

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

  • From Ancient Greek δελφίς (delphis, “dolphin”) because of their flower shape, thought to resemble a back of a dolphin. Named by botanist Carl von Linnaeus (1707-1778).

    From Wiktionary