[pol-ee-an-thuh s]
noun, plural pol·y·an·thus·es.
  1. a hybrid primrose, Primula polyantha.
  2. Also called polyanthus narcissus. a narcissus, Narcissus tazetta, having small white or yellow flowers.

Origin of polyanthus

1620–30; < New Latin < Greek polýanthos having many flowers. See poly-, -anthous
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noun plural -thuses
  1. any of several hybrid garden primroses, esp Primula polyantha, which has brightly coloured flowers
  2. polyanthus narcissus a Eurasian amaryllidaceous plant, Narcissus tazetta, having clusters of small yellow or white fragrant flowers

Word Origin for polyanthus

C18: New Latin, Greek: having many flowers
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