Definition of campion in English:

campion

Line breaks: cam|pion
Pronunciation: /ˈkampɪən
 
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noun

  • A plant of the pink family, typically having pink or white flowers with notched petals, found in both Eurasia and North America.
    • Genera Silene and Lychnis, family Caryophyllaceae
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    • As well as holding a huge range of grassland wild flowers, such as ox-eye daisies, poppies, campion and corn marigold, the nursery grows plants from wetland, upland and woodland habitats.
    • There were still flowers in plenty, pink campion, toadflax, small blue scabious, honeysuckle, and six-inch mushrooms, inedible no doubt, but the blackberries were ripe and juicy enough to quench thirst.
    • The white campion, Silene latifolia (previously Melandrium album), is a common eudicot weed found in both North America and Europe.

Origin

mid 16th century: perhaps related to champion. The name was originally used for the rose campion, whose name in Latin (Lychnis coronaria) and Greek (lukhnis stephanōmatikē) means 'campion fit for a crown', and which was said in classical times to have been used for victors' garlands.

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