- any bulbous plant belonging to the genus Narcissus, of the amaryllis family, having showy yellow or white flowers with a cup-shaped corona.
- the flower of any of these plants.
- (initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. a youth who fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool and wasted away from unsatisfied desire, whereupon he was transformed into the flower.
Origin of narcissus
Examples from the Web for narcissus
Calm down and reacquaint yourself with the myth of Narcissus.
At first glance, this makes us seem even worse than Narcissus.
“I am going to be the nominee,” the modern-day Narcissus declared while gazing at his reflection in the polls.Kirsten Powers: Newt Gingrich Is in Love With Himself
December 7, 2011
But Narcissus himself was destined to fall in love with a shadow.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
Like Narcissus, we stand in some danger of falling in love with our own image.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
Again, take the stem of the chief tree in Claude's Narcissus.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
She was a ship, well finished in every detail—the Narcissus was.
The crew of the Narcissus, broken up into knots, pushed in the corners.
- any amaryllidaceous plant of the Eurasian genus Narcissus, esp N. poeticus, whose yellow, orange, or white flowers have a crown surrounded by spreading segments
- Greek myth a beautiful youth who fell in love with his reflection in a pool and pined away, becoming the flower that bears his name
Word Origin and History for narcissus
type of bulbous flowering plant, 1540s, from Latin narcissus, from Greek narkissos "the narcissus," perhaps from a pre-Greek Aegean word, but associated with Greek narke "numbness" (see narcotic) because of the sedative effect of the alkaloids in the plant.
A beautiful youth in classical mythology who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool. Because he was unable to tear himself away from the image, he wasted away and died.