from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A perennial Eurasian herb (Chelidonium majus) having deeply divided leaves, showy yellow flowers, and yellow-orange latex. Also called swallowwort.
- n. The lesser celandine.
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- n. Either of two unrelated flowering plants:
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A perennial herbaceous plant (Chelidonium majus) of the poppy family, with yellow flowers. It is used as a medicine in jaundice, etc., and its acrid saffron-colored juice is used to cure warts and the itch; -- called also greater celandine and swallowwort.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Chelidonium majus, a papaveraceous plant of Europe, naturalized in the United States, having glaucous foliage, bright-yellow flowers, and acrid yellow juice, which is sometimes employed as a purgative and as a remedy for warts. To distinguish it from the following plant, it is often called the greater celandine.
- n. The pilewort, Ranunculus Ficaria, called in England the lesser or small celandine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. perennial herb with branched woody stock and bright yellow flowers
- n. North American annual plant with usually yellow or orange flowers; grows chiefly on wet rather acid soil
Middle English celidoine, from Old French, from Medieval Latin celidōnia, from Latin chelīdonia, feminine of chelīdonium, from Greek khelīdonion, from khelīdōn, swallow (from the association by ancient writers of the blossoming of the plant with the return of the swallows in spring); see ghel-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English celidoine, Old French celidoine, French chélidoine, from Latin chelidonia, from chelidonius ("relating to the swallow"), from Ancient Greek. (Wiktionary)