Celandine is the name of a species of flower, one known as the greater Celandine (Cheladonium majus) and lesser celandine (Ficaria verna). The name comes from Latin chelidonia (Celandine, swallowwort) via chelidonius (of or pertaining to a swallow) which comes from Ancient Greek khelidon (swallow), which may be derived from a PIE root word or perhaps from a pre-Greek origin. Celandine gets its name from the bird (swallow) because it was believed that the flowers began to bloom when the swallows came.
Origin: uncertain, possibly Proto-Indo-European
- Celandina (English)
- Chelidon (Ancient Greek)