(also lesser celandine)
Definition of 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
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)