crocus

[ kroh-kuh s ]
/ ˈkroʊ kəs /
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noun, plural cro·cus·es.

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

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek krókos saffron, crocus < Semitic; compare Arabic kurkum saffron
Related formscro·cused, adjective
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crocus

/ (ˈkrəʊkəs) /

noun plural -cuses

any plant of the iridaceous genus Crocus, widely cultivated in gardens, having white, yellow, or purple flowersSee also autumn crocus
another name for jeweller's rouge

adjective

of a saffron yellow colour

Word Origin for crocus

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