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MORE ABOUT THE NARCISSUS FLOWER
What does narcissus mean?
A narcissus is a showy, cup- or trumpet-shaped flower that comes in white, yellow, and orange varieties.
The name narcissus is also used for any plant in the genus Narcissus.
The plural forms of narcissus are narcissuses and narcissi.
The narcissus is popular for bouquets and gardens.
Example: The narcissus is one of my favorite flowers—I just love its trumpet shape.
Where does narcissus come from?
The first records of the word narcissus in reference to the flower come from the mid-1500s. It comes from the Greek nárkissos, perhaps from narkē, “numbness,” perhaps a reference to the plant’s narcotic properties.
Narcissuses are bulbous, perennial plants. They typically bloom between late winter and late spring. Most members of the genus are native to Europe. The bulbs of the flowers are poisonous when eaten for both humans and animals.
The flower narcissus is associated with the Greek myth of Narcissus, who falls in love with his own reflection and withers away and dies due to his obsession—after which he is said to have turned into the flower that now bears his name. (His name is also the basis for the word narcissism.)
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How is narcissus used in real life?
Narcissuses are popular in bouquets and gardens. The flower is often connected to the Greek myth.
Double Narcissus 'White Lion' a fragrant, gardenia-like naturalizer introduced back in the 1940s. 3 ½" gardenia-like flower open pale yellow and mature to creamy-white dotted with shorter, yellow petal segments at its frilled, double center. #bulbs #Gardening #Flowers pic.twitter.com/dGB6fm009Y
— Jimmy Turner (@TexanInOz) April 7, 2021
Planting the tulips and narcissus seeds today pic.twitter.com/koz7RWAO9K
— RoBotanist 🎃 (@_rob_chan) October 21, 2021
This is known as the Flower Garden. There are times when you slow things down and times when you have so many things to grow. Today I will be planting some daffodils, narcissus, which will come to life late April, early May.
– Harnek Singh, Gardener #FacesofWaveHill pic.twitter.com/6h4fYbNiYJ
— Wave Hill (@WaveHill) December 4, 2018
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True or False?
The daffodil belongs to the genus Narcissus.
How to use narcissus in a sentence
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|Kirsten Powers|December 7, 2011|DAILY BEAST
We set the Narcissus poeticus bulbs where, if they grew, the flowers could look at themselves in the mirror below the dam.The Idyl of Twin Fires|Walter Prichard Eaton
Maugiron was playing with Narcissus, the large greyhound, and Quelus was sitting near.
Not so, sire; I place Narcissus far above you, for he knows how to defend himself, and you do not.
Zelphine and I have decided that we will never acknowledge this to be a Dionysus or anything less poetic than the Narcissus.Italian Days and Ways|Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
The “Times” is the secluded pool into which England loves to gaze when it plays the rle of Narcissus.
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Cultural definitions for narcissus
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.