daffodil

[daf-uh-dil]
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:
1530–40; unexplained variant of Middle English affodile < Vulgar Latin affodillus, variant of asphodelus < Greek asphódelos asphodel

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daffodil (ˈdæfədɪl)
 
n
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.  a.  a brilliant yellow colour
 b.  (as adjective): daffodil paint
4.  a daffodil, or a representation of one, as a national emblem of Wales
 
[C14: from Dutch de affodil the asphodel, from Medieval Latin affodillus, variant of Latin asphodelusasphodel]

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daffodil
154os, variant of M.E. affodill "asphodel," from M.L. affodillus, from L. asphodelus, from Gk. asphodelos, of unknown origin. The initial d- is perhaps from merging of the article in Du. 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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Example sentences
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.
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