• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Columbin (Chem) A white, crystalline, bitter substance. See Calumbin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n columbin A non-conducting material placed between the parallel carbons of the electric candle.
    • n columbin A colorless, crystalline, bitter principle, C21 H22O7, contained in African columbo-root, Jateorhiza palmata.
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In literature:

The early red Columbine of Virginia.
"The Botanical Magazine Vol. 7" by William Curtis
Cherry, you've got too many columbines in that horn.
"At the Little Brown House" by Ruth Alberta Brown
The columbine is the graceful little flower we so often hear called honeysuckle.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
Columbine refuses to show me any more of the book until it is finished.
"The Madness of May" by Meredith Nicholson
The lovely Columbine was indeed kind and cordial to him; but she preferred to marry the Harlequin.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
The wreath of flowers on Columbine's grave was already faded, and he sat down there.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Columbine was emblematical of forsaken lovers.
"Hamlet" by William Shakespeare
He bore a great bouquet of columbines, their stems wrapped in damp moss and leaves and tied securely with a string.
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham
There's fennel for you, and columbines.
"Storyology" by Benjamin Taylor
The pie, the gallinaceous, the columbine, and passerine tribes, resort to the fruit-bearing trees.
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton
Columbine, a thankless flower, 212.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
Bud thanked him very much, and went happily on till she came to a party of columbines dancing in the wind.
"Lulu's Library, Volume II" by Louisa M. Alcott
I am Columbine pirouetting on the white horse of the North.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
Saw a few columbines to-day.
"My First Summer in the Sierra" by John Muir
Enter a Columbine, like "My Lady" used to be on a May Day.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, July 16, 1887" by Various
Her harlequin and columbine shall dance better this time.
"International Short Stories" by Various
Jenny, however, possessed the picture of the famous dead Columbine.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
We listen eagerly, clown, pantaloon, harlequin, and columbine vanish to the sound of the pan-pipes and the voice of Punch.
"English Costume" by Dion Clayton Calthrop
Look at the lilac and the columbines, and this bowl of wallflowers!
"A Pair of Schoolgirls" by Angela Brazil
I must say I'm greatly pleased with these long-spurred columbines.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie

In poetry:

They will not stir though the mayflower blows
In the moist dark woods of pine,
And every rock-strewn pasture shows
Mullein and columbine.
"The American Rebellion" by Rudyard Kipling
The morning's blush, she made it thine,
The morn's sweet breath, she gave it thee,
And in thy look, my Columbine!
Each fond-remembered spot she bade me see.
"To The Painted Columbine" by Jones Very
Or does it carry the remembered prayers
Of those who knelt by some forgotten shrine
Whereon it stood with flowers for Mary's name,
Wild roses, cyclamen, and columbine?
"The Brass Pot" by Ethel Clifford
Kind Christians, all pay attention to me,
And Miss Mouat's sufferings I'll relate to ye;
While on board the Columbine, on the merciless sea,
Tossing about in the darkness of night in the storm helplessly.
"The Wreck of the 'Columbine'" by William Topaz McGonagall
Only one secret can save from disaster,
Only one magic is that of the Master:
Set it to music; give it a tune,--
Tune the brook sings you, tune the breeze brings you,
Tune the wild columbines nod to in June!
"The Secret" by James Russell Lowell
O we remember forget-me-not pale, and white columbine
You wreathed for my hair; because we remember this cannot be.
Ah! here is your ring—see, I draw it off—it must not be mine,
Put it on, love, if but for the moment and listen to me.
"Lovers At The Lake Side" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

LAKEWOOD — Big plays are somewhat commonplace for Columbine .
About three dozen people huddled in a half-circle under a tree in Columbine Park Thursday evening.
How Columbine Shaped Police Response To Shootings.
Crosses were erected on a hill above Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.
It's 1999, and kids are finishing up their classes at Columbine High School.
The father of a victim of the Columbine High School shooting joined 200 faithful at a prayer vigil Friday evening across the street from the movie theater where a gunman opened fire early in the morning.
Movie theater massacre unfolds 15 miles from Columbine .
Bayfield Columbine Ranger District to offer Fire Info on Saturday.
New season from American Theater Company returns to Columbine .
Reflecting on the Columbine Massacre.
School shooting dredges up bad memories of Columbine, Va.
In the days after Columbine, advocates of more-stringent controls of firearms thought they could feel a shift in the culture.
In 1999, at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, two students shot 13 people to death before killing themselves.
New Report Says Columbine Gunman Severely Depressed .
Winner of two top prizes at Cannes, Gus Van Sant's fictionalized drama about the Columbine massacre was generated by conversations with the teenage actors about their own lives, and reportedly none of the dialogue was scripted.