celandine

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n celandine perennial herb with branched woody stock and bright yellow flowers
    • n celandine North American annual plant with usually yellow or orange flowers; grows chiefly on wet rather acid soil
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Celandine sĕl"ăn*dīn (Bot) A perennial herbaceous plant (Chelidonium majus) of the poppy family, with yellow flowers. It is used as a medicine in jaundice, etc., and its acrid saffron-colored juice is used to cure warts and the itch; -- called also greater celandine and swallowwort.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n celandine The Chelidonium majus, a papaveraceous plant of Europe, naturalized in the United States, having glaucous foliage, bright-yellow flowers, and acrid yellow juice, which is sometimes employed as a purgative and as a remedy for warts. To distinguish it from the following plant, it is often called the greater celandine.
    • n celandine The pilewort, Ranunculus Ficaria, called in England the lesser or small celandine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Celandine sel′an-dīn swallow-wort, the popular name (and corruption) of Chelidonium majus, a perennial papaveraceous (poppy) herb, so named because it was supposed to flower when the swallows appeared, and to perish when they departed.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. celidoine, OF. celidoine, F. chélidoine, fr. L. chelidonia,sc. herba,), fr. chelidonius, pertaining to the swallow, Gr. chelido`nios, fr. chelidw`n the swallow, akin to L. hirundo, a swallow
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. celidoine—Gr. chelidonionchelidōn, a swallow.

Usage

In literature:

I saw a sloe-bush in blossom and a lot of celandines.
"Sons and Lovers" by David Herbert Lawrence
Celandine was a bit of a flirt, no doubt.
"Penelope's English Experiences" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
But, after all, I have not taken anything of consequence from this provoking Celandine.
"The Green Fairy Book" by Various
A very good remedy for corns is that known as "Celandine," which is harmless and easily applied.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
William wrote 'The Celandine' (second part).
"The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. II." by William Wordsworth
Celandine loves the shepherdess Marina, who is readily brought to return his affection.
"Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama" by Walter W. Greg
The primroses twinkled true on downy coral stems and the stars of anemone, celandine, and daisy opened perfect.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
To the small Celandine 106.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
His tent was of the colour of the celandine, and on the summit flamed a sun of wondrous brilliancy.
"The Seven Champions of Christendom" by W. H. G. Kingston
As she did so she caught sight of Celandine standing by the railing.
"Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885" by Various
Tintern Abbey, about Whitsuntide, is one large white tapestry of celandine.
"The Leper in England: with some account of English lazar-houses" by Robert Charles Hope
But, after all, I have not taken anything of consequence from this provoking Celandine.
"The Green Fairy Book" by Various
The extreme lateness of the Celandine was doubtless due to the cold spring of 1917.
"Springtime and Other Essays" by Francis Darwin
From a human point of view a celandine bed is the most beautiful thing.
"Lives of the Fur Folk" by M. D. Haviland
The lovely, celandine-yellow morning of the open sea, paling towards a rare, sweet blue!
"Sea and Sardinia" by D. H. Lawrence
Milch cows in the adjacent meadow, ankle-deep in yellow celandine and daisies.
"The Cruise of the Land-Yacht "Wanderer"" by Gordon Stables
February went by with her showers and her celandines, her snowdrops and thrushes that sing on bare branches.
"The Passionate Elopement" by Compton Mackenzie
There would be spring flowers among the brushwood, anemones, celandine, oxslip, daffodils.
"The Wolves of God" by Algernon Blackwood
The hedgerows had burst into tender green, and the banks were spangled with stitchwort and celandine stars.
"A Terrible Tomboy" by Angela Brazil
Celandine, by the West Country now called Kenning Wort grows but slowly.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle
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In poetry:

Jupiter, the Pleiades
To her equal
With celandine and cress,
Stone-crop, freckled pagles
And birdseye small.
"Equal Mistress" by Ivor Gurney
The celandine gazes
Straight at the sun;
The starlike daisies
Peer one by one;
And, over the pool where the sallow glistens,
The daffodil hangs its head and listens.
"Another Spring Carol" by Alfred Austin
O'er the margin of the flood,
Pluck the daisy peeping;
Through the covert of the wood,
Hunt the sorrel creeping;
With the little celandine
Crown my love, my Valentine.
"The Valentine Wreath" by James Montgomery
Now golden celandine
Is hairy hung with silvery sacks of seeds.
And bugled o'er with freckled gold, like beads.
Beneath the fox-grape vine,
The jewel-weed's blossoms shine.
"July" by Madison Julius Cawein
Spring once wove here her tapestry of flowers,
The primrose sweet, the errant celandine;
The blue-bell and the wild rose that doth twine
Its beauty 'round the laughing summer hours.
"Matthew Copse" by John William Streets
We would rather go ere the sweet Spring dies.
We have seen the violet droop its eyes,
The sorrel grow green where the celandine shone,
And the windflower fade ere you knew 'twas gone.
"The Passing Of The Primroses" by Alfred Austin