daffodil

[daf-uh-dil]
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noun
  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.
  3. clear yellow; canary.
adjective
  1. of the color daffodil.

Origin of daffodil

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

noun
  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
    1. a brilliant yellow colour
    2. (as adjective)daffodil paint
  3. a daffodil, or a representation of one, as a national emblem of Wales

Word Origin for daffodil

C14: from Dutch de affodil the asphodel, from Medieval Latin affodillus, variant of Latin asphodelus asphodel
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Word Origin and History for daffodil
n.

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.

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