• WordNet 3.6
    • n aquilegia a plant of the genus Aquilegia having irregular showy spurred flowers; north temperate regions especially mountains
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aquilegia A genus of acrid plants, natural order
    • n aquilegia Ranunculaceœ, widely distributed over the temperate parts of the northern hemisphere. The flowers have five flat, elliptical, colored sepals, alternating with as many spurred petals; the fruit consists of five follicles with numerous seeds. The spurred petals with incurved heads have been compared to five pigeons, the sepals representing the wings, and to this the English name columbine refers (from Latin columba, a pigeon). Several species are common in cultivation, and, as they are prone to sport and hybridize, the varieties of form and color are numerous. There are 10 North American species, in some of which, from the Rocky Mountains and Mexico, the spurs are several inches in length.
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In literature:

Aquilegia in the Flora Indica was a capital example for me.
"The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume I (of II)" by Charles Darwin
Aquilegia, Hooker and Thomson on.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
Aquilegia vulgaris (Common Columbine) .
"Handbook to the Severn Valley Railway Illustrative and Descriptive of Places along the Line from Worcester to Shrewsbury" by J. Randall
You may be sure that I am going to get some seed from here and raise some Aquilegias for myself.
"The Healthy Life, Vol. V, Nos. 24-28" by Various
An excellent block of aquilegia was flowered.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
AQUILEGIA Virginiania flore rubescente praecox.
"The Botanical Magazine Vol. 7" by William Curtis
The Aquilegia ought to be given a place in all collections.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
This is the Aquilegia Caerulea.
"Blue Goose" by Frank Lewis Nason
This Aquilegia came to us about the year 1870.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle
The Columbine (Aquilegia) is a desirable plant for the border.
"A Garden with House Attached" by Sarah Warner Brooks