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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. Also called larkspur.
[New Latin Delphinium, genus name, from Greek delphinion, larkspur, probably diminutive of delphīs, delphīn-, dolphin (from the shape of the nectary).]
n, pl -iums or -ia (-ɪə)
(Plants) any ranunculaceous plant of the genus Delphinium: many varieties are cultivated as garden plants for their spikes of blue, pink, or white spurred flowers. See also larkspur
[C17: New Latin, from Greek delphinion larkspur, from delphis dolphin, referring to the shape of the nectary]
del•phin•i•um(dɛlˈfɪn i əm)
n., pl. -i•ums, -i•a (-i ə)
any of numerous plants of the genus Delphinium, of the buttercup family, esp. any of various tall species having usu. blue, pink, or white flowers. Compare larkspur.
[1655–65; < New Latin < Greek delphinion larkspur, derivative of delphis (s. delphīn-) dolphin; so called from the shape of the nectary]
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|Noun||1.||delphinium - any plant of the genus Delphinium having palmately divided leaves and showy spikes of variously colored spurred flowers; some contain extremely poisonous substances|
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Delphinium - large genus of chiefly perennial erect branching herbs of north temperate regions some poisonous
larkspur - any of numerous cultivated plants of the genus Delphinium