noun, plural cro·cus·es.
Origin of crocus
Examples from the Web for crocus
Saffron is the dried stigmas (the female reproductive parts) of the saffron crocus ( Crocus sativus).
It takes about 70,000 crocus blossoms or 210,000 stigmas to yield just a pound of saffron.
The snowdrop and crocus had long ago hid their faces to make way for more ambitious rivals.The Story of a Dewdrop|J. R. Macduff
When the conditions are congenial, love appears, just as the crocus and the snowdrop appear in the congenial air of the spring.My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year|John Henry Jowett
As the preceding, but employing mixtures of plumbago and crocus in various proportions according to the shade desired.
The plant is like a crocus, and the flower mauve and purple.Kashmir|Sir Francis Edward Younghusband
Compare again the corm of Crocus and the bulb of Onion to find the stem in each.Outlines of Lessons in Botany, Part I; From Seed to Leaf|Jane H. Newell
British Dictionary definitions for crocus
noun plural -cuses
Word Origin for crocus
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.