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daffodil

[daf-uh-dil] /ˈdæf ə dɪl/
noun
1.
a bulbous plant, Narcissus pseudonarcissus, of the amaryllis family, having solitary, yellow, nodding flowers that bloom in the spring.
2.
(formerly) any plant of the genus Narcissus.
3.
clear yellow; canary.
adjective
4.
of the color daffodil.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; unexplained variant of Middle English affodile < Vulgar Latin affodillus, variant of asphodelus < Greek asphódelos asphodel
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Examples for daffodil
  • Attendees can enjoy live music and storytelling events throughout the day, and also purchase daffodil bulbs from local vendors.
  • Burton incorporated the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock into the lace.
  • We're still looking for donations of daffodil bulbs, bottled water, and coffee.
  • The embroidered hand made quilt has an appliqué daffodil motif.
British Dictionary definitions for daffodil

daffodil

/ˈdæfədɪl/
noun
1.
Also called Lent lily. a widely cultivated Eurasian amaryllidaceous plant, Narcissus pseudonarcissus, having spring-blooming yellow flowers
2.
any other plant of the genus Narcissus
3.
  1. a brilliant yellow colour
  2. (as adjective) daffodil paint
4.
a daffodil, or a representation of one, as a national emblem of Wales
Word Origin
C14: from Dutch de affodil the asphodel, from Medieval Latin affodillus, variant of Latin asphodelusasphodel
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Word Origin and History for daffodil
n.

1540s, variant of Middle English affodill "asphodel" (c.1400), from Medieval Latin affodillus, from Latin asphodelus, from Greek asphodelos, of unknown origin. The initial d- is perhaps from merging of the article in Dutch de affodil, the Netherlands being a source for bulbs. First reference to the flower we know by this name (Narcissus pseudo-Narcissus) is from 1590s.

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