One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A common plant of the buttercup family which produces yellow flowers in the early spring.
Ranunculus ficaria, family RanunculaceaeSee also greater celandine
- ‘Spring flowers - celandines, primroses, violets, wood anemones - were followed by pyramid and early purple orchids, wild thyme and rockrose.’
- ‘A member of the poppy family, the celandine plant is distinct for its golden yellow flower and bright orange milky juice.’
- ‘Spring flowers which can be spotted in the wood at this time of year include the yellow celandine, marsh marigold and wood anemone (also known as wind flower).’
- ‘Palmatine is a constituent of many of these plants, which include goldthread, yellow root, Oregon grape, celandine, and barberry.’
- ‘Verges were yellow and white with celandine and stitchwort.’
Middle English, from Old French celidoine, from medieval Latin celidonia, based on Greek khelidōn ‘swallow’ (the flowering of the plant being associated with the arrival of swallows).
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