[ kroh-kuhs ]

noun,plural cro·cus·es.
  1. 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.

  2. the flower or bulb of the crocus.

  1. a deep yellow; orangish yellow; saffron.

  2. Also called crocus martis [mahr-tis]. /ˈmɑr tɪs/. a polishing powder consisting of iron oxide.

Origin of crocus

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin <Greek krókos saffron, crocus <Semitic; compare Arabic kurkum saffron

Other words from crocus

  • crocused, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for crocus


/ (ˈkrəʊkəs) /

nounplural -cuses
  1. any plant of the iridaceous genus Crocus, widely cultivated in gardens, having white, yellow, or purple flowers: See also autumn crocus

  2. another name for jeweller's rouge

  1. of a saffron yellow colour

Origin of crocus

C17: from New Latin, from Latin crocus, from Greek krokos saffron, of Semitic origin

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