[ snoh-drop ]
/ ˈsnoʊˌdrɒp /


any of several early-blooming bulbous plants belonging to the genus Galanthus, of the amaryllis family, native to Eurasia, especially G. nivalis, having drooping white flowers with green markings.

Origin of snowdrop

First recorded in 1655–65; snow + drop Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for snowdrop


/ (ˈsnəʊˌdrɒp) /


any of several amaryllidaceous plants of the Eurasian genus Galanthus, esp G. nivalis, having drooping white bell-shaped flowers that bloom in early spring
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Word Origin and History for snowdrop



early flower, 1660s, from snow (n.) + drop (n.).

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