Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Columbine (Ital. dove-like), in the popular improvised comedy or commedia dell'arte of Italy, is the ladylove of harlequin, who is usually kept from him by fate or her cruel father (pantaloon). This comedy is the origin of the harlequinade of the English pantomime. Both harlequin and columbine in the latter are chiefly remarkable for their dancing.