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[daf-uh-dil] /ˈdæf ə dɪl/
a bulbous plant, Narcissus pseudonarcissus, of the amaryllis family, having solitary, yellow, nodding flowers that bloom in the spring.
(formerly) any plant of the genus Narcissus.
clear yellow; canary.
of the color daffodil.
Origin of daffodil
1530-40; unexplained variant of Middle English affodile < Vulgar Latin affodillus, variant of asphodelus < Greek asphódelos asphodel Unabridged
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  • "Oh," returned daffodil, relieved, though she did not understand the matter.

    A Little Girl in Old Pittsburg Amanda M. Douglas
  • "I think I know who committed the daffodil Murder," he said steadily.

    The Daffodil Mystery Edgar Wallace
  • You shall be daffodil, not a dwarf daffodil, but a big one, because you are big.

    Mary's Meadow Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • Make Daffy's dress of yellow tissue-paper, the color of a daffodil.

  • daffodil and her mother sat in the far corner, with two candles burning on the light 228 stand.

    A Little Girl in Old Pittsburg Amanda M. Douglas
  • You shall be a daffodil, not a dwarf daffodil, but a big one, because you are big.

    Last Words Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • It set forth in formal Dutch the old man's ideas concerning the daffodil bulb and his offer regarding it.

    The Good Comrade Una L. Silberrad
  • In "daffodil Fields" there is the adventure of romantic passion.

  • Delia gathers a daffodil from a vase R. and places it in Devenish's buttonhole.

    Belinda A. A. Milne
  • The daffodil toys will keep their color a long while even after the blossoms are dry.

British Dictionary definitions for daffodil


Also called Lent lily. a widely cultivated Eurasian amaryllidaceous plant, Narcissus pseudonarcissus, having spring-blooming yellow flowers
any other plant of the genus Narcissus
  1. a brilliant yellow colour
  2. (as adjective): daffodil paint
a daffodil, or a representation of one, as a national emblem of Wales
Word Origin
C14: from Dutch de affodil the asphodel, from Medieval Latin affodillus, variant of Latin asphodelusasphodel
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Word Origin and History for daffodil

1540s, variant of Middle English affodill "asphodel" (c.1400), from Medieval Latin affodillus, from Latin asphodelus, from Greek asphodelos, of unknown origin. The initial d- is perhaps from merging of the article in Dutch de affodil, the Netherlands being a source for bulbs. First reference to the flower we know by this name (Narcissus pseudo-Narcissus) is from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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