[ daf-uh-dil ]
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  1. a bulbous plant, Narcissus pseudonarcissus, of the amaryllis family, having solitary, yellow, nodding flowers that bloom in the spring.

  2. (formerly) any plant of the genus Narcissus.

  1. clear yellow; canary.

  1. of the color daffodil.

Origin of daffodil

1530–40; unexplained variant of Middle English affodile<Vulgar Latin affodillus, variant of asphodelus<Greek asphódelosasphodel

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How to use daffodil in a sentence

  • "I think I know who committed the daffodil Murder," he said steadily.

    The Daffodil Mystery | Edgar Wallace
  • And there are Keats' and Shelley's well-known and beautiful lines which bring down the praises of the daffodil to our own day.

  • In fact, I am not so certain that the daffodil is a native of China at all, though China's a mighty big place.

    The Daffodil Mystery | Edgar Wallace
  • Note also his "daffodil Fields," which is quite different from these and full of peculiar beauty.

    The Complete Club Book for Women | Caroline French Benton

British Dictionary definitions for daffodil


/ (ˈdæfədɪl) /

  1. Also called: Lent lily a widely cultivated Eurasian amaryllidaceous plant, Narcissus pseudonarcissus, having spring-blooming yellow flowers

  2. any other plant of the genus Narcissus

    • a brilliant yellow colour

    • (as adjective): daffodil paint

  1. a daffodil, or a representation of one, as a national emblem of Wales

Origin of daffodil

C14: from Dutch de affodil the asphodel, from Medieval Latin affodillus, variant of Latin asphodelus asphodel

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