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
1785–95; < Latin: name of a shepherdess in Vergil's Eclogues
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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
C18: from New Latin, from Latin: named after Amaryllis
(in pastoral poetry) a name for a shepherdess or country girl
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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.).
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