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[daf-uh-dil] /ˈdæf ə dɪl/
a bulbous plant, Narcissus pseudonarcissus, of the amaryllis family, having solitary, yellow, nodding flowers that bloom in the spring.
(formerly) any plant of the genus Narcissus.
clear yellow; canary.
of the color daffodil.
1530-40; unexplained variant of Middle English affodile < Vulgar Latin affodillus, variant of asphodelus < Greek asphódelos asphodel Unabridged
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Examples from the web for daffodils
  • They're also found in carrots, daffodils, bananas and other plants that have these vibrant colors.
  • And when you see clouds upon the hills, there soon will be crowds of daffodils.
  • It was not a relationship that began with daffodils and candy.
  • My tulips and daffodils in the far corner, my peonies and irises coming up on both sides.
  • Temperatures are mild, trees are leafing out, daffodils are in bloom.
  • The hints of their work bloom every spring with flowering daffodils, azaleas and rhododendrons.
  • The calendar announced it weeks ago and dogwoods, redbuds, daffodils and lawnmowers have finally joined in the chorus.
  • Fall and winter-blooming bulbs can help fill the void from late summer until next spring's daffodils.
  • It is the time of the year when the daffodils are in bloom.
  • Cherry trees, magnolias and daffodils are also blooming.
British Dictionary definitions for daffodils


Also called Lent lily. a widely cultivated Eurasian amaryllidaceous plant, Narcissus pseudonarcissus, having spring-blooming yellow flowers
any other plant of the genus Narcissus
  1. a brilliant yellow colour
  2. (as adjective): daffodil paint
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



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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