- Any plant of the genus Aquilegia, having distinctive bell-shaped flowers with spurs on each petal.
- (archaic) pertaining to a dove or pigeon
Etymology: Old French columbin (French columbin), from Latin columbinus, from columba "dove, pigeon". In the noun sense, from Latin colombina herba "dove-like plant", the flower being likened to five clustered pigeons.
- Late C14: Com forí¾ now, wií¾ í¾yne eyen columbyn! / How fairer been í¾y brestes í¾an is wyn! " Geoffrey Chaucer, The Merchant's Tale
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