Ancient word of the day: Celandine


The ancient word of today is “celandine. Celandine comes from the Greek “chelidon” meaning “swallow”. Sights of both bird and flower herald the springtime.

This pretty yellow star-like flower is from the buttercup family. It is common to see it flourishing at the beginning of spring in new grasses, hedges and in at the banks of rivers. It blankets forest floors. Commonly thought of as being a weed, it is still absolutely beautiful to behold.

An herb there is takes of the swallows’ name, And by the swallows gets no little fame; For Pliny writes (though some thereof make doubt) It helps young swallows eyes when they are out. – John Swan, Speculum Mundi, 1635

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