Definition of celandine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈselənˌdēn/ Pronunciation: /ˈselənˌdīn/
(also lesser celandine)


A common plant of the buttercup family that produces yellow flowers in the early spring, reproducing either by seed or by bulbils at the base of the stems. See also greater celandine.
  • Ranunculus ficaria, family Ranunculaceae.
Example sentences
  • 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).
  • 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.


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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Syllabification: cel·an·dine

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