- any of the small, bulbous plants of the genus Crocus, of the iris family, cultivated for their showy, solitary flowers, which are among the first to bloom in the spring.
- the flower or bulb of the crocus.
- a deep yellow; orangish yellow; saffron.
- Also called crocus martis [mahr-tis] /ˈmɑr tɪs/. a polishing powder consisting of iron oxide.
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.
And why should the year's first crocus have brought him luck?Europe After 8:15
H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
"Yes, a very warm day," said the Crocus, not quite at her ease.Seven Little People and their Friends
Horace Elisha Scudder
The turf is starred with lilac gentian and crocus bells, but sparely.New Italian sketches
John Addington Symonds
Before the first crocus is out of the ground, you may look for the first chipmunk.Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers
I observed also a sort of crocus and some cheery little buttercups.The Trail of the Goldseekers
- of a saffron yellow colour
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.