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col·um·bine (kŏləm-bīn)
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n.
Any of various perennial herbs of the genus Aquilegia in the buttercup family, native to northern temperate regions and cultivated for their showy, variously colored flowers that have petals with long hollow spurs. Also called aquilegia.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin columbīna, from feminine of Latin columbīnus, dovelike (from the resemblance of the inverted flower to a cluster of doves), from columba, dove.]
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