narcissus

narcissus

[nahr-sis-uhs]
noun, plural narcissus, narcissuses, narcissi [nahr-sis-ee, -sis-ahy] , for 1, 2.
1.
any bulbous plant belonging to the genus Narcissus, of the amaryllis family, having showy yellow or white flowers with a cup-shaped corona.
2.
the flower of any of these plants.
3.
(initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. a youth who fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool and wasted away from unsatisfied desire, whereupon he was transformed into the flower.

Origin:
1540–50; < Latin < Greek nárkissos plant name, traditionally connected, by virtue of plant's narcotic effects, with nárkē numbness, torpor. See narcotic

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narcissus (nɑːˈsɪsəs)
 
n , pl -cissuses, -cissi
any amaryllidaceous plant of the Eurasian genus Narcissus, esp N. poeticus, whose yellow, orange, or white flowers have a crown surrounded by spreading segments
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek nárkissos, perhaps from narkē numbness, because of narcotic properties attributed to species of the plant]

Narcissus (nɑːˈsɪsəs)
 
n
Greek myth a beautiful youth who fell in love with his reflection in a pool and pined away, becoming the flower that bears his name

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narcissus
"type of bulbous flowering plant," 1548, from L., from Gk. narkissos, probably from a pre-Gk. Aegean word, but associated with Gk. narke "numbness" (see narcotic) because of the plant's sedative effect.
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Narcissus definition


A beautiful youth in classical mythology who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool. Because he was unable to tear himself away from the image, he wasted away and died.

Note: “Narcissists” are people completely absorbed in themselves. (See narcissism.)
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Narcissus definition


daffodil, a Roman whom Paul salutes (Rom. 16:11). He is supposed to have been the private secretary of the emperor Claudius. This is, however, quite uncertain.

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