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[lahrk-spur] /ˈlɑrkˌspɜr/
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
1570-80; lark1 + spur1


[lahrk-spur] /ˈlɑrkˌspɜr/
a town in W California. Unabridged
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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


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

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

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