columbine


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col·um·bine

 (kŏl′əm-bīn′)
n.
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. Also called aquilegia.

[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.]

columbine

(ˈkɒləmˌbaɪn)
n
(Plants) any plant of the ranunculaceous genus Aquilegia, having purple, blue, yellow, or red flowers with five spurred petals. Also called: aquilegia
[C13: from Medieval Latin columbīna herba dovelike plant, from Latin columbīnus dovelike, from the resemblance of the flower to a group of doves]

columbine

(ˈkɒləmˌbaɪn)
adj
(Animals) of, relating to, or resembling a dove
[C14: from Old French colombin, from Latin columbīnus dovelike, from columba dove]

Columbine

(ˈkɒləmˌbaɪn)
n
1. (Theatre) (originally) the character of a servant girl in commedia dell'arte
2. (Theatre) (later) the sweetheart of Harlequin in English pantomime

col•um•bine

(ˈkɒl əmˌbaɪn)

n.
1. a plant, Aquilegia caerula, of the buttercup family, having showy flowers with white to blue sepals that form long, backward spurs.
2. any of various other plants of the genus Aquilegia, having showy flowers of various colors.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Medieval Latin columbīna (herba) dovelike (plant)]

Col•um•bine

(ˈkɒl əmˌbaɪn)

n.
a female character in commedia dell'arte and pantomime: sweetheart of Harlequin.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.columbine - a plant of the genus Aquilegia having irregular showy spurred flowerscolumbine - a plant of the genus Aquilegia having irregular showy spurred flowers; north temperate regions especially mountains
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Aquilegia - columbine
Aquilegia canadensis, meeting house, honeysuckle - columbine of eastern North America having long-spurred red flowers
Aquilegia caerulea, Aquilegia scopulorum calcarea, blue columbine - columbine of the Rocky Mountains having long-spurred blue flowers
Aquilegia vulgaris, granny's bonnets - common European columbine having variously colored (white or blue to purple or red) short-spurred flowers; naturalized in United States
Translations
akeleie

Columbine

[ˈkɒləmbaɪn] NColumbina

columbine

[ˈkɒləmbaɪn] Naguileña f

columbine

n (Bot) → Akelei f

columbine

[ˈkɒləmˌbaɪn] naquilegia
References in classic literature ?
Why couldn't we have a proper old English pantomime-- clown, columbine, and so on.
The columbine looked charming in an outstanding skirt that strangely resembled the large lamp-shade in the drawing-room.
They rushed on to the now curtained stage, breaking rudely past the columbine and clown (who seemed whispering quite contentedly), and Father Brown bent over the prostrate comic policeman.
There's some big clumps o' columbine in th' garden.
Columbine and Ladysmock, Marjoram and Wild Basil, the Cowslip and the Flower-de-luce, the Daffodil and the Clove-Pink bloomed or blossomed in their proper order as the months went by, one flower taking another flower's place, so that there were always beautiful things to look at, and pleasant odours to smell.
As to Harlequin and Columbine, I discovered immediately that they lodged (they are always looking after lodgings in a pantomime) at a very small clockmaker's one story high, near the hotel; which, in addition to various symbols and devices, almost covering the whole front, had a great dial hanging out - to be jumped through, of course.
She set herself, therefore, to gathering violets and wood-anemones, and some scarlet columbines that she found growing in the crevice of a high rock.
There were rosy bleeding-hearts and great splendid crimson peonies; white, fragrant narcissi and thorny, sweet Scotch roses; pink and blue and white columbines and lilac-tinted Bouncing Bets; clumps of southernwood and ribbon grass and mint; purple Adam-and-Eve, daffodils, and masses of sweet clover white with its delicate, fragrant, feathery sprays; scarlet lightning that shot its fiery lances over prim white musk-flowers; a garden it was where sunshine lingered and bees hummed, and winds, beguiled into loitering, purred and rustled.
Columbine Label Company has announced that It has been named a "Colorado Company to Watch," acknowledging the drive, excellence, and influence as a growing company in the state.
The Columbine II was the first plane to fly with the call sign "Air Force One" when it carried President Dwight D.
The only label printing company in Colorado, Columbine Label Company has acquired an HP Indigo WS6800 digital press.
Police revealed that they had been monitoring the suspect for five months prior to his arrest after messages about Columbine High School began appearing on Spanish message boards.