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  1. any of several bulbous plants belonging to the genus Nerine, of the amaryllis family, native to southern Africa, having funnel-shaped red, pink, or white flowers.
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Origin of nerine

< New Latin (1820); Latin Nērīnē a Nereid
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Historical Examples of nerine

  • Nerine Mansellii, a new variety of the Guernsey Lily, was one of the loveliest flowers at the show.

    Garden and Forest Weekly, Volume 1 No. 1, February 29, 1888


British Dictionary definitions for nerine


  1. any plant of the bulbous S. African genus Nerine, related to the amaryllis; several species are grown as garden or pot plants for their beautiful pink, orange, red, or white flowers. N. sarniensis is the pink-flowered Guernsey lily: family Amaryllidaceae
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Word Origin for nerine

Latin, from Greek nērēis a sea nymph
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