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1. A biennial Eurasian plant (Campanula rapunculus) having bell-shaped lilac flowers and an edible root.
2. Any of various perennial plants of the genus Phyteuma, having dense heads or spikes of bell-shaped blue or violet flowers.

[Probably alteration of French raiponce, from Old French responce, from Old Italian raponzo, probably from rapa, turnip, from Latin rāpum.]


1. (Plants) a campanulaceous plant, Campanula rapunculus, native to Europe and Asia, that has clusters of bluish flowers and an edible white tuberous root used in salads
2. (Plants) any of several plants of the related genus Phyteuma that are native to Europe and Asia and have heads of blue flowers
[C16: probably from Old French raiponce, from Old Italian raponzo, from rapa turnip, from Latin rāpum turnip; see rape2]
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Noun1.rampion - bellflower of Europe and Asia and North Africa having bluish flowers and an edible tuberous root used with the leaves in saladrampion - bellflower of Europe and Asia and North Africa having bluish flowers and an edible tuberous root used with the leaves in salad
bellflower, campanula - any of various plants of the genus Campanula having blue or white bell-shaped flowers
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One day the woman was standing by this window and looking down into the garden, when she saw a bed which was planted with the most beautiful rampion (rapunzel), and it looked so fresh and green that she longed for it, she quite pined away, and began to look pale and miserable.
'Ah,' she replied, 'if I can't eat some of the rampion, which is in the garden behind our house, I shall die.' The man, who loved her, thought: 'Sooner than let your wife die, bring her some of the rampion yourself, let it cost what it will.' At twilight, he clambered down over the wall into the garden of the enchantress, hastily clutched a handful of rampion, and took it to his wife.
My wife saw your rampion from the window, and felt such a longing for it that she would have died if she had not got some to eat.' Then the enchantress allowed her anger to be softened, and said to him: 'If the case be as you say, I will allow you to take away with you as much rampion as you will, only I make one condition, you must give me the child which your wife will bring into the world; it shall be well treated, and I will care for it like a mother.' The man in his terror consented to everything, and when the woman was brought to bed, the enchantress appeared at once, gave the child the name of Rapunzel, and took it away with her.
The consortium - containing International Public Partnerships, Amber Infrastructure and Transmission Investment - will invest between GBP35 million to GBP45 million in the transmission cable connection to Rampion offshore wind farm, about 13 kilometres off the coast of Sussex, south east England.
Supported by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), Discover Worthing at Worthing Borough Council, Rampion Offshore Wind and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the project aims to encourage greater awareness of the rich diversity of Worthing's marine life, as well as promote sustainable tourism and healthy outdoor activities for families.
it begins when the mother wants rampion more than her child when this weed grows in the mind twists itself into the heart causing vanity to overpower love (17).
Both vessels have been working on the Rampion wind farm, off Brighton, but now they've come home for Christmas.
As a team, we have been involved in the installation of more than 470 power cables, recently completing the installation of 122 cables at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.
Since the founding of Fugro's trenching and cable lay services business in 2012, Fugro has established a strong presence in the renewables market, working with offshore wind farms including Lincs Wind Farm, Humber Gateway, Gwynt y MA'r and Rampion.
The group, who had set out from the harbour at Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, had been night-fishing close to the Rampion offshore wind farm when their boat was hit.
They included lifeboats from Shoreham and Brighton and some 10 vessels from the nearby Rampion offshore wind farm.