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/ ˈsnoʊˌdrɒp /
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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.
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Origin of snowdrop

First recorded in 1655–65; snow + drop
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What does snowdrop mean?

A snowdrop is a small, fragrant, white, bell-shaped flower with green markings.

The name snowdrop is also used for any plant in the genus Galanthus. The different members of the genus Galanthus vary in size. The scientific name of the common snowdrop flower is Galanthus nivalis.

Snowdrops are known for blooming in early spring. They are popularly cultivated for use in bouquets.

The snowdrop is one of the January birth flowers (a flower that’s associated with a particular month in the same way as a birthstone).

Example: Look at all the snowdrops blooming in the meadow.

Where does snowdrop come from?

The first records of the word snowdrop come from the mid-1600s. The combination of the words snow and drop is a reference to the flower’s appearance. Snowdrops droop down from their stems.

Snowdrops are perennial plants that begin to sprout in the late winter to early spring. The snowdrop is native to Europe and Southeast Asia.

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How is snowdrop used in real life?

Snowdrops are known for their use in bouquets and in gardens.

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Snowdrop flowers are turned upwards.

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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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