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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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British Dictionary definitions for daffodils

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 daffodils

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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