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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. 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.]
(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]
(Animals) of, relating to, or resembling a dove
[C14: from Old French colombin, from Latin columbīnus dovelike, from columba dove]
1. (Theatre) (originally) the character of a servant girl in commedia dell'arte
2. (Theatre) (later) the sweetheart of Harlequin in English pantomime
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)]
a female character in commedia dell'arte and pantomime: sweetheart of Harlequin.
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|Noun||1.||columbine - 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