Definition of rampion in US English:



  • 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’.