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Any of several plants of the genera Lychnis and Silene native chiefly to the Northern Hemisphere and having variously colored flowers with notched or fringed petals.
[Early Modern English campion, perhaps from Middle English campion, champion (the flowers being so called because victor's chaplets were woven from them), from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin campiō, campiōn-; see champion.]
(Plants) any of various caryophyllaceous plants of the genera Silene and Lychnis, having red, pink, or white flowers. See also bladder campion
[C16: probably from campion, obsolete variant of champion, perhaps so called because originally applied to Lychnis coronaria, the leaves of which were used to crown athletic champions]
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cam•pi•on(ˈkæm pi ən)
any of several plants of the genera Lychnis and Silene, of the pink family, having white, pink, or reddish flowers.
[1570–80; obsolete variant (< Anglo-French) of champion]
Cam•pi•on(ˈkæm pi ən)
Thomas, 1567–1620, English composer and poet.
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|Noun||1.||campion - any plant of the genus Silene |
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Silene - large widely distributed genus of plants having mostly showy flowers of various colors: campion; catchfly
moss campion, Silene acaulis - tuft- or mat-forming dwarf perennial of Arctic regions of western and central Europe and North America
Silene caroliniana, wild pink - perennial of eastern and central North America having short-stalked pink or white flowers in hairy clusters
Lychnis dioica, red bird's eye, red campion, Silene dioica - biennial European catchfly having red or pink flowers; sometimes placed in genus Lychnis
evening lychnis, Lychnis alba, Silene latifolia, white campion, white cockle, bladder campion - bluish-green herb having sticky stems and clusters of large evening-opening white flowers with much-inflated calyx; sometimes placed in genus Lychnis
fire pink, Silene virginica - perennial herb of eastern North America, having red flowers with narrow notched petals