Definition of columbine noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒləmbaɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːləmbaɪn//
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  1. 1 [countable, uncountable] a garden plant with delicate leaves and pointed blue flowers that hang down
  2. 2Columbine [singular] a female character in traditional Italian theatre
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French colombine, from medieval Latin colombina (herba) ‘dovelike (plant)’, from Latin columba ‘dove’ (from the supposed resemblance of the flower to a cluster of five doves).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: columbine