- any of several bulbous plants of the genus Hippeastrum, especially H. puniceum, which has large red or pink flowers and is popular as a houseplant.Compare amaryllis family.
- Also called belladonna lily, naked lady. a related plant, Amaryllis belladonna, having clusters of usually rose-colored flowers.
- any of several other similar or related plants.
- (initial capital letter) a shepherdess or country girl, especially in classical and later pastoral poetry.
Origin of amaryllis
- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for amaryllis
Historical Examples of amaryllis
Amaryllis Formosissima was in bloom in one week after I planted the bulb.The Mayflower, January, 1905
Amaryllis rose to leave them together, but her father stopped her.
Amaryllis sat upright in her chair, and drew in her breath sharply.
Amaryllis found her father and Sir Randal at the breakfast-table.
The woman fell backwards, and Amaryllis caught her from behind.
- Also called: belladonna lily an amaryllidaceous plant, Amaryllis belladonna, native to southern Africa and having large lily-like reddish or white flowers
- any of several related plants, esp hippeastrum
Word Origin for amaryllis
- (in pastoral poetry) a name for a shepherdess or country girl
Word Origin and History for amaryllis
autumn-flowering bulbs, 1794, adopted by Linnaeus from Latin, from Greek Amaryllis, typical name of a country girl or shepherdess (in Theocritus, Virgil, Ovid, etc.).