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- Any plant of the genus Aquilegia, having distinctive bell-shaped flowers with spurs on each petal.
- (archaic) pertaining to a dove or pigeon
*Late C14: Com forþ now, wiþ þyne eyen columbyn! / How fairer been þy brestes þan is wyn! — Geoffrey Chaucer, The Merchant's Tale
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Col"um*bine (?), a. [L.
columbinus, fr. columba dove.] Of or
pertaining to a dove; dovelike; dove-colored.
"Columbine innocency." Bacon.
Col"um*bine, n. [LL.
columbina, L. columbinus dovelike, fr.
columba dove: cf. F. colombine. Perh. so called
from the beaklike spurs of its flowers.] 1.
(Bot.) A plant of several species of the genus
Aquilegia; as, A. vulgaris, or the common garden
columbine; A. Canadensis, the wild red columbine of North
2. The mistress or sweetheart of
Harlequin in pantomimes. Brewer.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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