One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Eurasian plant of the bellflower family, some kinds of which have a root that can be eaten in salads.
('horned rampion') a grassland plant with dense, rounded flower heads of inward curving, typically blue, tubular flowers (genus Phyteuma, family Campanulaceae)
a Mediterranean plant with a long narrow spike of bluish flowers and a thick taproot (Campanula rapunculus, family Campanulaceae)
- ‘However, like many other root vegetables, the rampion lost popularity as the potato gained acceptance.’
- ‘‘How can you dare,’ said she with angry look, ‘descend into my garden and steal my rampion like a thief?’.’
Late 16th century: from a variant of medieval Latin rapuncium; compare with German Rapunzel ‘lamb's lettuce’.
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