Middle English celidoine, Old French celidoine, French chélidoine, from Latin chelīdonia, from chelīdonius (“relating to the swallow”), from Ancient Greek χελιδόνιος (khelidónios), χελιδών (khelidṓn). It was traditionally supposed to flower when the swallows appeared, and to perish when they departed.
celandine (plural celandines)
- Either of two unrelated flowering plants:
- The greater celandine (Chelidonium majus)
- The lesser celandine (Ficaria verna, formerly Ranunculus ficaria)