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larkspur

[lahrk-spur] /ˈlɑrkˌspɜr/
noun
1.
any of several plants belonging to the genera Delphinium and Consolida, of the buttercup family, characterized by the spur-shaped formation of the calyx and petals.
Origin of larkspur
1570-1580
1570-80; lark1 + spur1

Larkspur

[lahrk-spur] /ˈlɑrkˌspɜr/
noun
1.
a town in W California.
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  • Monkshoods have almost as much charm as their cousins Columbine and larkspur, with a quaintness and individuality all their own.

  • Tincture of larkspur, or an ointment made from the seeds, may also be used.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • The tree-shadows were painted pools of lupin, azure lakes; or they were purple seas of larkspur.

    The Port of Adventure Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  • He jumped to his feet as Rebecca Mary and Peter rounded the larkspur.

    Rebecca's Promise Frances R. Sterrett
  • Koswell and larkspur are bad eggs—and if they can drag you down with them they will do it.

    The Rover Boys Down East Arthur M. Winfield
  • “I suppose he is thinking of Koswell and larkspur,” said Dick.

    The Rover Boys Down East Arthur M. Winfield
  • The hanging lamps were gay with asters, larkspur, and gorse.

    From Gretna Green to Land's End Katharine Lee Bates
  • “No, larkspur, we have something of more importance to do,” answered Tom.

    The Rover Boys Down East Arthur M. Winfield
  • The Blue larkspur, like many other species of larkspur, is poisonous to stock.

    Flowers of Mountain and Plain Edith S. Clements
British Dictionary definitions for larkspur

larkspur

/ˈlɑːkˌspɜː/
noun
1.
any of various ranunculaceous plants of the genus Delphinium, with spikes of blue, pink, or white irregular spurred flowers
Word Origin
C16: lark1 + spur
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Word Origin and History for larkspur
n.

type of plant, 1570s, from lark (n.) + spur (n.); so called from resemblance to the bird's large hind claws.

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