asphodel

asphodel

[as-fuh-del]
noun
1.
any of various southern European plants of the genera Asphodelus and Asphodeline, of the lily family, having white, pink, or yellow flowers in elongated clusters.
2.
any of various other plants, as the daffodil.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Latin asphodelus < Greek asphódelos the asphodel. See daffodil

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asphodel (ˈæsfəˌdɛl)
 
n
1.  Compare bog asphodel any of various S European liliaceous plants of the genera Asphodelus and Asphodeline, having clusters of white or yellow flowers
2.  any of various other plants, such as the daffodil
3.  an unidentified flower of Greek legend, probably a narcissus, said to cover the Elysian fields
 
[C16: from Latin asphodelus, from Greek asphodelos, of obscure origin]

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asphodel
1590s, from L. asphodelus, from Gk. asphodelos, of unknown origin (see daffodil). Taken in poetic use for a mythical deathless flower that overspreads the Elysian meadows.
"To embathe In nectared lavers strewed with asphodel." [Milton, "Comus," 1634]
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