Definition of delphinium in English:

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Pronunciation: /delˈfinēəm/

noun (plural delphiniums)

A popular garden plant of the buttercup family that bears tall spikes of blue flowers.
  • Genus Delphinium, family Ranunculaceae.
Example sentences
  • Plants that may require staking to hold their blooms high include Canterbury bells, hollyhocks, and verbascums, with foxgloves and delphiniums in the upper garden zones.
  • The upper bed is mostly for perennials, including red-and-white columbines, purple blue campanulas, and tall blue delphiniums fronted by yellow and orange Iceland poppies.
  • Many other garden plants are also highly toxic, including rhubarb leaves, autumn crocuses, delphiniums, foxgloves and laburnum.


Modern Latin, from Greek delphinion 'larkspur', from delphin 'dolphin' (because of the shape of the spur, thought to resemble a dolphin's back).

Words that rhyme with delphinium

actinium, aluminium, condominium

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Syllabification: del·phin·i·um

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