rampion

rampion

[ram-pee-uhn]
noun
1.
a European bellflower, Campanula rapunculus, having an edible white tuberous root used in Europe for salad.
2.
any related plant of the genus Phyteuma, having heads or spikes of blue flowers.

Origin:
1565–75; probably alteration of Middle French raiponce < Italian raponzo, derivative of rapa turnip (< Latin rāpa; see rape2)

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rampion (ˈræmpɪən)
 
n
1.  a campanulaceous plant, Campanula rapunculus, native to Europe and Asia, that has clusters of bluish flowers and an edible white tuberous root used in salads
2.  any of several plants of the related genus Phyteuma that are native to Europe and Asia and have heads of blue flowers
 
[C16: probably from Old French raiponce, from Old Italian raponzo, from rapa turnip, from Latin rāpum turnip; see rape²]

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rampion

any member of the genus Phyteuma, of the bellflower family (Campanulaceae), consisting of about 40 species of perennial plants with long, clustered, hornlike buds and flowers. The genus is native to sunny fields and meadows of the Mediterranean region.

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