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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Definitions for columbine

  1. dovelike; dove-colored.
  2. of a dove.

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Citations for columbine
For it is not possible to join serpentine wisdom with columbine innocency, except men know exactly all the conditions of the serpent: his baseness and going upon his belly, his volubility and lubricity, his envy and sting, and the rest; that is, all forms and natures of evil … Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning, 1605
Com forth now with thyne eyen columbyn. / How fairer been thy brestes than is wyn. Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Merchant’s Tale,” The Canterbury Tales, 1387–1400
Origin of columbine
1275-1325
Columbine is derived from the Latin columba meaning "dove." The columbine flower was so named because of its resemblance to a cluster of doves.