[jong-kwil, jon-]
a narcissus, Narcissus jonquilla, having long, narrow, rushlike leaves and fragrant, yellow or white flowers.

1620–30; < French jonquille < Spanish junquillo, equivalent to junc(o) rush, reed (< Latin juncus) + -illo diminutive suffix Unabridged
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jonquil (ˈdʒɒŋkwɪl)
1.  a Eurasian amaryllidaceous plant, Narcissus jonquilla with long fragrant yellow or white short-tubed flowers
2.  any of various other small daffodil-like plants
[C17: from French jonquille, from Spanish junquillo, diminutive of junco reed; see junco]

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Word Origin & History

1629, species of narcissus, from Fr. jonquille, from Sp. junquillo, dim. of junco "rush, reed," from L. juncus "rush;" so called in reference to its leaves. The type of canary bird (1865) is so called for its pale yellow color, which is like that of the flower.
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Example sentences
And what a welcome sight to see the jonquils in full glorious bloom.
Former farmsteads, long abandoned and overgrown, are marked in spring by gardens of jonquils.
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