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[sel-uh n-dahyn, -deen] /ˈsɛl ənˌdaɪn, -ˌdin/
Also called greater celandine, swallowwort. an Old World plant, Chelidonium majus, of the poppy family, having yellow flowers.
Also called lesser celandine. an Old World plant, Ranunculus ficaria, of the buttercup family, having fleshy, heart-shaped leaves and solitary yellow flowers.
Origin of celandine
1275-1325; Middle English selandyne, variant of celydon < Latin chelīdonia greater celandine, chelīdonium lesser celandine < Greek chelīdónion, derivative of chelīdṓn swallow; said to be so called because it blooms when the swallows return in spring Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "I just wanted to tell you that I shall have to give it up, ma'am," said celandine hurriedly.

  • As she did so she caught sight of celandine standing by the railing.

  • By now the sun was up, and the celandine calices expanded into perfect golden stars.

    Lives of the Fur Folk M. D. Haviland
  • But celandine did not find it possible to be interested in this and similar pieces of advice.

  • Whereupon she handed celandine a small piece of black bread and uncovered the dish, which contained two dried plums.

  • From a human point of view a celandine bed is the most beautiful thing.

    Lives of the Fur Folk M. D. Haviland
  • Our indigenous herb celandine yields abundantly, in the same manner, a beautiful yellow juice of the same properties as gamboge.

    Field's Chromatography George Field
  • I had picked a lot of celandine, and stuck them about in her hair, where they shone like stars.

    Grey Roses Henry Harland
  • celandine, even a century ago, was "common by fences and among rubbish."

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • celandine loves the shepherdess Marina, who is readily brought to return his affection.

British Dictionary definitions for celandine


either of two unrelated plants, Chelidonium majus (greater celandine) or Ranunculus ficaria (lesser celandine) See greater celandine, lesser celandine
Word Origin
C13: earlier celydon, from Latin chelīdonia (the plant), from chelīdonius of the swallow, from Greek khelidōn swallow; the plant's season was believed to parallel the migration of swallows
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