follow Dictionary.com

Hone in vs. home in? What's the difference?

amaryllis

[am-uh-ril-is] /ˌæm əˈrɪl ɪs/
noun
1.
any of several bulbous plants of the genus Hippeastrum, especially H. puniceum, which has large red or pink flowers and is popular as a houseplant.
2.
Also called belladonna lily, naked lady. a related plant, Amaryllis belladonna, having clusters of usually rose-colored flowers.
3.
any of several other similar or related plants.
4.
(initial capital letter) a shepherdess or country girl, especially in classical and later pastoral poetry.
Origin of amaryllis
1785-1795
1785-95; < Latin: name of a shepherdess in Vergil's Eclogues

Amaryllis

[am-uh-ril-is] /ˌæm əˈrɪl ɪs/
noun
1.
a female given name.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for amaryllis
Historical Examples
  • amaryllis, smiling, moved toward the inner corridor of her house.

    The City of Delight Elizabeth Miller
  • amaryllis Formosissima was in bloom in one week after I planted the bulb.

  • Tea under the cedar was over, and amaryllis could not eat even another éclair, when he had said to her, "It's half-past five."

    Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
  • amaryllis rose to leave them together, but her father stopped her.

    Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
  • There was malevolent and impotent silence in the andronitis of amaryllis, the Greek.

    The City of Delight Elizabeth Miller
  • amaryllis sat upright in her chair, and drew in her breath sharply.

    Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
  • She was led into a long narrow room, showing the same simple elegance that marked all the house of amaryllis, the Greek.

    The City of Delight Elizabeth Miller
  • For that amaryllis was in that house he had less doubt than proof.

    Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
  • This arrangement placed amaryllis rather low down—a long way from the top and fountain of honour—and highly displeased her.

    Amaryllis at the Fair Richard Jefferies
  • amaryllis could not know that her very truculence was a fan to his flame.

    Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
British Dictionary definitions for amaryllis

amaryllis

/ˌæməˈrɪlɪs/
noun
1.
Also called belladonna lily. an amaryllidaceous plant, Amaryllis belladonna, native to southern Africa and having large lily-like reddish or white flowers
2.
any of several related plants, esp hippeastrum
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, from Latin: named after Amaryllis

Amaryllis

/ˌæməˈrɪlɪs/
noun
1.
(in pastoral poetry) a name for a shepherdess or country girl
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for amaryllis
n.

autumn-flowering bulbs, 1794, adopted by Linnaeus from Latin, from Greek Amaryllis, typical name of a country girl or shepherdess (in Theocritus, Virgil, Ovid, etc.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for amaryllis

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for amaryllis

14
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for amaryllis