Definition of aquilegia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌakwəˈlēj(ē)ə/


A plant of the buttercup family, bearing showy flowers with backward-pointing spurs. Native to temperate regions of the northern hemisphere, it is widely grown in gardens.
  • Genus Aquilegia, family Ranunculaceae. See also columbine.
Example sentences
  • I have beds full of wild strawberries at Brockhole and there are ferns and aquilegias elsewhere in the garden that I can transplant into the hedge.
  • During her long life she gardened in Buckinghamshire and studied genetics at Cambridge before trying her hand at hybridising various flowers, including aquilegias.
  • However it has helped me decide how to replant the somewhat shady, sheltered bed on one side of my garden: lots of hellebores, aquilegia, ferns, and variegated ivy creeping up the wall of my neighbour's extension wall.


From medieval Latin, probably from Latin aquilegus 'water collecting'.

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Syllabification: aq·ui·le·gi·a

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