- a narcissus, Narcissus jonquilla, having long, narrow, rushlike leaves and fragrant, yellow or white flowers.
Origin of jonquil
Examples from the Web for jonquil
My tame pets are a pair of jonquil canaries, Nedy and Barbra.
I had not been five minutes on the Jonquil and in another two I was with Hammersley.
Stopford then came aboard; in the mood he was in aboard the Jonquil on the 8th,—only more so!
With a leaf from an old English book, A Jonquil will serve for a pen.A Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden
It is thus related to jonquil, which comes, through French, from Span.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
- a Eurasian amaryllidaceous plant, Narcissus jonquilla with long fragrant yellow or white short-tubed flowers
- any of various other small daffodil-like plants
Word Origin and History for jonquil
1660s, species of narcissus, from French jonquille (17c.), from Spanish junquillo, diminutive of junco "rush, reed," from Latin iuncus "rush;" so called in reference to its leaves. The type of canary bird (1865) is so called for its pale yellow color, which is like that of the flower.