• WordNet 3.6
    • n columbine a plant of the genus Aquilegia having irregular showy spurred flowers; north temperate regions especially mountains
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Columbine (Bot) A plant of several species of the genus Aquilegia; as, Aquilegia vulgaris, or the common garden columbine; Aquilegia Canadensis, the wild red columbine of North America.
    • a Columbine Of or pertaining to a dove; dovelike; dove-colored. "Columbine innocency."
    • Columbine The mistress or sweetheart of Harlequin in pantomimes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • columbine Pertaining to or having the characters of a pigeon or dove; in ornithology, belonging to the Columbæ or Columbinæ; columbaceous.
    • columbine Of a dove-color; resembling the neck of a dove in color.
    • n columbine One of the Columbæ or Columbidæ.
    • n columbine The popular name of plants of the genus Aquilegia (which see). The common European columbine, A. vulgaris, is a favorite garden-flower, and owes its name to the fancied resemblance of its petals and sepals to the heads of pigeons round a dish, a favorite device of ancient artists.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Columbine kol′um-bīn of or like a dove: dove-coloured
    • n Columbine a genus of plants (Aquilegia) having five coloured sepals, which soon fall off, and five petals, each terminating below in a horn-shaped spur or nectary: in pantomimes, the sweetheart of Harlequin (q.v.)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL,. columbina, L. columbinus, dovelike, fr. columba, dove: cf. F. colombine,. Perh. so called from the beaklike spurs of its flowers


In literature:

In May the burial-ground is all singing and tinkling silently with fairy spires of columbines.
"A Book of Quaker Saints" by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
Some lovely girls looking crisp as columbines or plains' poppies looked at him from the doors of the parlor cars.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
I generally put Madame Renard into a passion by pretending to know this Columbine.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
Columbine I cannot give thee up.
"Your Plants" by James Sheehan
Columbine and Lady Belle were to be led.
"Peggy Stewart at School" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
She was busy with her columbines, a large folio of which lay on a table near by.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
She was unconquerably provincial, entirely democratic, as uncultured as her native columbine.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
Double stellate columbine 287 155.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
It is a red-letter day when the flower-lover comes upon a clump of the lavender-leaved columbine.
"A Bird-Lover in the West" by Olive Thorne Miller
We sadly longed for a sprightly Columbine; but then we consoled ourselves with Pantaloon, admirably rendered by P. Jones.
"My Life: or the Adventures of Geo. Thompson" by George Thompson
Transplant columbines, monkshood, and all kinds of fibrous rooted perennials.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
"Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia" by Various
Pantaloon, Harlequin, Columbine, Punch and Judy, and Pierrot are among those who live on in modern drama.
"One-Act Plays" by Various
This was the Columbine, a Liverpool ship, which was expected to sail that night about twelve o'clock.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
Alderman Francis Columbine resigned his seat.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 1" by Charles Mackie
Did she climb this rock for columbines?
"Child Life in Prose" by Various
Clumps of Columbine should stand 12-18 in.
"The Practical Garden-Book" by C. E. Hunn
After that you'll be my Columbine forever.
"The Streets of Ascalon" by Robert W. Chambers
Harlequin had recruited a columbine and a shepherdess, and he introduced these ladies as partners for the promised minuet.
"The Animal Story Book" by Various
Their traces were still visible when Columbine returned.
"A Book o' Nine Tales." by Arlo Bates

In poetry:

Golden-rod by the pasture-wall
When the columbine is dead,
And sumach leaves that turn, in fall,
Bright as the blood they shed.
"The American Rebellion" by Rudyard Kipling
I love to dash the crystal dews
From floral shapes of varied hues,
And interweave the modest white
Of columbine in garlands bright.
"Nature's Child." by Alfred Castner King
But, Pierrot,
When all that pomp shall pass
Her lowly house in the grass,
Will any say, 'Alas,
Poor Columbine; alas,
Poor Pierrot'?
"At Columbine's Grave" by Bliss William Carman
AH, Pierrot,
Where is thy Columbine?
What vandal could untwine
That gay rose-rope of thine,
And spill thy joy like wine,
Poor Pierrot?
"At Columbine's Grave" by Bliss William Carman
Or in the valley's vistaed glow,
Past rocks of terraced trumpet vines,
Shall I behold her coming slow,
Sweet May, among the columbines?
"Discovery" by Madison Julius Cawein
Down in the vale where cowslips are growing,
Where violets breathe thro' sweet scented lips,
Where brook o'er the bright pebbly bottom is flowing,
And bee of the nectar of columbine sips.
"The Tree Of State" by Jared Barhite

In news:

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, here in yearbook photos, killed 12 classmates and one teacher and then themselves at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. ( Associated Press / November 16, 2012 ).
Columbine Victim's Story Tries to Stop Bullying in Page County.
They learned new ways to do this through the story of one of the victims of the Columbine High School shooting.
A western Pennsylvania school district has contacted police and the FBI about a possible threat posted on a Facebook page created in the name of one of the Columbine High School shooters.
' Columbine ' author Dave Cullen examines the Aurora tragedy.
' Columbine ' author Dave Cullen on how best to understand the Aurora shootings and the lessons that such catastrophes have taught us.
Not Columbine , but Bath, Mich.
Columbine survivors reach out to help Aurora survivors.
Columbine students who survived what in 1999 attack are reaching out, on Facebook and by phone, to those families of victims and survivors of the Aurora theater shooting.
Children of Columbine Endure Second Massacre.
Crosses to mark the 13 victims of the massacre at Columbine High School near the Columbine Memorial during the 10th anniversary of the killings in Littleton, Colo.
Columbine survivors reach out to theater victims.
Aurora — (AP) — The images brought it all back for survivors of the 1999 Columbine massacre.
An Illinois man who placed 15 crosses near Columbine High School after the 1999 massacre there has returned to Colorado with 12 crosses for the victims of a theater shooting.
Aurora high schoolers grew up in Columbine 's shadow.