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[snoh-drop] /ˈsnoʊˌdrɒp/
any of several early-blooming bulbous plants belonging to the genus Galanthus, of the amaryllis family, native to Eurasia, especially G. nivalis, having drooping white flowers with green markings.
Origin of snowdrop
1655-65; snow + drop Unabridged
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  • Then the snowdrop sang a lullaby about the moss that loved the violet.

  • You look so cool—so fair—so like a snowdrop glittering with dew.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • snowdrop consented, and went with him, and the marriage was celebrated with great pomp and splendour.

  • Jack, you can't be a snowdrop: I never saw anyone so unlike a snowdrop.

    Dodo Wonders E. F. Benson
  • The girls left the snowdrop field with reluctance, though they realized the necessity for hurry.

  • Now, snowdrop, look here; what are they going to do about Pet?

    The Gypsy Queen's Vow May Agnes Fleming
  • I love the snowdrop, it is so trustful and innocent, with its pure green-veined—— Do come and search for snowdrops!

    Lyre and Lancet F. Anstey
  • But you're not a snowdrop; oh, no—something very rare in a conservatory.

    Linda Condon Joseph Hergesheimer
British Dictionary definitions for snowdrop


any of several amaryllidaceous plants of the Eurasian genus Galanthus, esp G. nivalis, having drooping white bell-shaped flowers that bloom in early spring
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Word Origin and History for snowdrop

early flower, 1660s, from snow (n.) + drop (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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