Cel"an*dine (?), n. [OE. celidoine, OF. celidoine, F. ch'elidoine, fr. L. chelidonia (sc. herba), fr. chelidonius pertaining to the swallow, Gr. , fr. the swallow, akin to L. hirundo a swallow.] Bot.

A perennial herbaceous plant (Chelidonium majus) of the poppy family, with yellow flowers. It is used as a medicine in jaundice, etc., and its acrid saffron-colored juice is used to cure warts and the itch; -- called also greater celandine and swallowwort.

Lesser celandine, the pilewort (Ranunculus Ficaria).


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