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[kam-pee-uh n] /ˈkæm pi ən/
any of several plants of the genera Lychnis and Silene, having white, pink, or reddish flowers.
Origin of campion
1570-80; special use of campion, old variant (< Anglo-French) of champion; compare Greek (lychnis) stephanōmatikós (lychnis) for making garlands, with which the winners of games were crowned


[kam-pee-uh n] /ˈkæm pi ən/
Thomas, 1567–1620, English songwriter and poet. Unabridged
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  • The three priests present, campion and two others, were hurried into a hiding-hole over the stairs.

    By What Authority? Robert Hugh Benson
  • Miss campion immediately proceeded to take her change out of it.

    The Gold that Glitters Emily Sarah Holt
  • But Rick couldn't escape the feeling that Captain campion would have kept the statue close to him.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Didn't Miss campion say that she was a genius, but undeveloped?

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • So, with her spectacles and her picture, Mrs. campion was happy.

    Name and Fame Adeline Sergeant
British Dictionary definitions for campion


any of various caryophyllaceous plants of the genera Silene and Lychnis, having red, pink, or white flowers See also bladder campion
Word Origin
C16: probably from campion, obsolete variant of champion, perhaps so called because originally applied to Lychnis coronaria, the leaves of which were used to crown athletic champions


Saint Edmund. 1540–81, English Jesuit martyr. He joined the Jesuits in 1573 and returned to England (1580) as a missionary. He was charged with treason and hanged
Jane. born 1954, New Zealand film director and screenwriter: her films include An Angel at My Table (1990), The Piano (1993), Holy Smoke (1999), In the Cut (2003), and Bright Star (2009)
Thomas. 1567–1620, English poet and musician, noted particularly for his songs for the lute
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