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jonquil

[jong-kwil, jon-] /ˈdʒɒŋ kwɪl, ˈdʒɒn-/
noun
1.
a narcissus, Narcissus jonquilla, having long, narrow, rushlike leaves and fragrant, yellow or white flowers.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < French jonquille < Spanish junquillo, equivalent to junc(o) rush, reed (< Latin juncus) + -illo diminutive suffix
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for jonquils

jonquil

/ˈdʒɒŋkwɪl/
noun
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
Word Origin
C17: from French jonquille, from Spanish junquillo, diminutive of junco reed; see junco
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Word Origin and History for jonquils

jonquil

n.

1660s, species of narcissus, from French jonquille (17c.), from Spanish junquillo, diminutive of junco "rush, reed," from Latin iuncus "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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