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co·lum·bine / ˈkäləmˌbīn/ • n. an aquilegia with long-spurred flowers. • Genus Aquilegia, family Ranunculaceae: several species, including the white-flowered Colorado blue columbine (A. coerulea) with blue sepals, and the red-flowered A. canadensis.

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columbine dove-like. XIV. — (O)F. colombin, -ine — L. columbīnus, f. columba dove. As sb., name of plants. XIII. — OF. colombine — medL. columbīna (sc. herba) ‘dove's plant’, so called from the resemblance of the inverted flower to five pigeons clustered together.

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Columbine a character in Italian commedia dell'arte, the mistress of Harlequin; the name comes via French from Italian Colombina, feminine of colombino ‘dovelike’, from colombo ‘dove’.

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columbine Any of c.100 species of perennial herbaceous plant native to cool climates of the Northern Hemisphere. They have five-petalled, spurred flowers and notched leaflets. Height: to 90cm (3ft). Family Ranunculaceae; genus Aquilegia.

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Columbine (orig. in It. comedy) the mistress of Harlequin. XVIII. — F. Colombine — It. Colombina, sb. use of fem. of colombino dove-like in gentleness (cf. prec.).

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columbine See AQUILEGIA.

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