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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.
He also told us that the pantaloon's name was old Joey, and the columbine's Josy, and the harlequin's Joeykin.
"I couldna' say that there name," he said, pointing to one under which was written "Aquilegia," "but us calls that a columbine, an' that there one it's a snapdragon and they both grow wild in hedges, but these is garden ones an' they're bigger an' grander.
He was at the gate when I came out, a-leanin' up agin the railings, and a-singin' at the pitch o' his lungs about Columbine's New-fangled Banner, or some such stuff.
In May and June come pinks of all sorts, specially the blushpink; roses of all kinds, except the musk, which comes later; honeysuckles; strawberries; bugloss; columbine; the French marigold, flos Africanus; cherry-tree in fruit; ribes; figs in fruit; rasps; vineflowers; lavender in flowers; the sweet satyrian, with the white flower; herba muscaria; lilium convallium; the apple-tree in blossom.
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.
The giant poppies I had planted out in them in April have either died off or remained quite small, and so have the columbines; here and there a delphinium droops unwillingly, and that is all.