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del·phin·i·um

 (dĕl-fĭn′ē-əm)
n.
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).]
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delphinium

(dɛlˈfɪnɪəm)
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]
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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.delphinium - any plant of the genus Delphinium having palmately divided leaves and showy spikes of variously colored spurred flowersdelphinium - 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
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Translations

delphinium

[delˈfɪnɪəm] N (delphiniums or delphinia (pl)) [delˈfɪnɪə]espuela f de caballero
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delphinium

[dɛlˈfɪniəm] n (= flower) → delphinium m
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delphinium

nRittersporn m
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Iris and white lilies rose out of the grass in sheaves, and the green alcoves filled themselves with amazing armies of the blue and white flower lances of tall delphiniums or columbines or campanulas.
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.
| PROTECT emerging delphiniums and hostas from slugs and snails.
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These Bee-Friendly Mixed Delphiniums are a colourful and premium mixture, ideal for adding plenty of colour and character to the garden.
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cutting cutting candidates candidates | DELPHINIUMS If you have a particular colour or one with a strong constitution and/or good deportment, take a few new shoots before they become hollow.
Cut delphiniums back hard as the flowers fade, to encourage new growth and the chance of a second display
Cut delphiniums back as the flowers fade, to encourage new growth and the chance of a second display.