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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
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.
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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
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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.).

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