- a narcissus, Narcissus jonquilla, having long, narrow, rushlike leaves and fragrant, yellow or white flowers.
Origin of jonquil
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Historical Examples of jonquil
My tame pets are a pair of jonquil canaries, Nedy and Barbra.
I had not been five minutes on the Jonquil and in another two I was with Hammersley.
Stopford then came aboard; in the mood he was in aboard the Jonquil on the 8th,—only more so!
With a leaf from an old English book, A Jonquil will serve for a pen.A Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden
It is thus related to jonquil, which comes, through French, from Span.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
- a Eurasian amaryllidaceous plant, Narcissus jonquilla with long fragrant yellow or white short-tubed flowers
- any of various other small daffodil-like plants
Word Origin for jonquil
Word Origin and History for jonquil
1660s, species of narcissus, from French jonquille (17c.), from Spanish junquillo, diminutive of junco "rush, reed," from Latin iuncus "rush;" so called in reference to its leaves. The type of canary bird (1865) is so called for its pale yellow color, which is like that of the flower.