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narcissus

[nahr-sis-uh s] /nɑrˈsɪs əs/
noun, plural narcissus, narcissuses, narcissi
[nahr-sis-ee, -sis-ahy] /nɑrˈsɪs i, -ˈsɪs aɪ/ (Show IPA),
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
1540-1550
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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British Dictionary definitions for narcissus

narcissus

/nɑːˈsɪsəs/
noun (pl) -cissuses, -cissi (-ˈsɪsaɪ; -ˈsɪsiː)
1.
any amaryllidaceous plant of the Eurasian genus Narcissus, esp N. poeticus, whose yellow, orange, or white flowers have a crown surrounded by spreading segments
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek nárkissos, perhaps from narkē numbness, because of narcotic properties attributed to species of the plant

Narcissus

/nɑːˈsɪsəs/
noun
1.
(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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Word Origin and History for narcissus
n.

type of bulbous flowering plant, 1540s, from Latin narcissus, from Greek narkissos "the narcissus," perhaps from a pre-Greek Aegean word, but associated with Greek narke "numbness" (see narcotic) because of the sedative effect of the alkaloids in the plant.

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narcissus in Culture

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 in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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