- a bulbous plant, Narcissus pseudonarcissus, of the amaryllis family, having solitary, yellow, nodding flowers that bloom in the spring.
- (formerly) any plant of the genus Narcissus.
- clear yellow; canary.
- of the color daffodil.
Origin of daffodil
Related Wordsaphorism, dictum, maxim, adage, epigram, witticism, axiom, saying, byword, repartee, word, gnome, truism, text, precept, moral, platitude, motto, saw, daffodil
Examples from the Web for daffodil
"I think I know who committed the Daffodil Murder," he said steadily.The Daffodil Mystery
Daffodil asks if any one will tell her how to paint on tiles with water-colours.Little Folks (December 1884)
Make Daffy's dress of yellow tissue-paper, the color of a daffodil.Little Folks' Handy Book
You shall be a Daffodil, not a dwarf daffodil, but a big one, because you are big.Last Words
Juliana Horatia Ewing
In "Daffodil Fields" there is the adventure of romantic passion.Studies of Contemporary Poets
Mary C. Sturgeon
- Also called: Lent lily a widely cultivated Eurasian amaryllidaceous plant, Narcissus pseudonarcissus, having spring-blooming yellow flowers
- any other plant of the genus Narcissus
- a brilliant yellow colour
- (as adjective)daffodil paint
- a daffodil, or a representation of one, as a national emblem of Wales
Word Origin and History for daffodil
1540s, variant of Middle English affodill "asphodel" (c.1400), from Medieval Latin affodillus, from Latin asphodelus, from Greek asphodelos, of unknown origin. The initial d- is perhaps from merging of the article in Dutch de affodil, the Netherlands being a source for bulbs. First reference to the flower we know by this name (Narcissus pseudo-Narcissus) is from 1590s.