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delphinium

[del-fin-ee-uh m] /dɛlˈfɪn i əm/
noun, plural delphiniums, delphinia
[del-fin-ee-uh] /dɛlˈfɪn i ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
any of numerous plants of the genus Delphinium, especially any of various tall, cultivated species having usually blue, pink, or white flowers.
Compare larkspur.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Neo-Latin < Greek delphī́nion larkspur, derivative of delphī́s (stem delphīn-) dolphin; so called from the shape of the nectary
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  • Tall larkspurs have a spurred blue flower, similar to that of garden delphinium.
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delphinium

/dɛlˈfɪnɪəm/
noun (pl) -iums, -ia (-ɪə)
1.
any ranunculaceous plant of the genus Delphinium: many varieties are cultivated as garden plants for their spikes of blue, pink, or white spurred flowers See also larkspur
Word Origin
C17: New Latin, from Greek delphinion larkspur, from delphisdolphin, referring to the shape of the nectary
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