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[kroh-kuh s] /ˈkroʊ kəs/
noun, plural crocuses.
any of the small, bulbous plants of the genus Crocus, of the iris family, cultivated for their showy, solitary flowers, which are among the first to bloom in the spring.
the flower or bulb of the crocus.
a deep yellow; orangish yellow; saffron.
Also called crocus martis
[mahr-tis] /ˈmɑr tɪs/ (Show IPA)
. a polishing powder consisting of iron oxide.
Origin of crocus
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek krókos saffron, crocus < Semitic; compare Arabic kurkum saffron
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crocused, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -cuses
any plant of the iridaceous genus Crocus, widely cultivated in gardens, having white, yellow, or purple flowers See also autumn crocus
another name for jeweller's rouge
of a saffron yellow colour
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin, from Latin crocus, from Greek krokos saffron, of Semitic origin
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Word Origin and History for crocus

late 14c., from Latin crocus, from Greek krokos "saffron, crocus," probably of Semitic origin (cf. Arabic kurkum), ultimately from Sanskrit kunkumam, unless the Sanskrit word is from the Semitic one. The autumnal crocus (Crocus sativa) was a common source of yellow dye in Roman times, and was perhaps grown in England, where the word existed as Old English croh, but this form of the word was forgotten by the time the plant was re-introduced in Western Europe by the Crusaders.

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