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as·pho·del

 (ăs′fə-dĕl′)
n.
1.
a. Any of several chiefly Mediterranean plants of the genera Asphodeline and Asphodelus, having linear leaves and elongate clusters of white, pink, or yellow flowers.
b. Any of several other plants, such as the bog asphodel.
2. In Greek poetry and mythology, the flowers of Hades and the dead, sacred to Persephone.
3. In early English and French poetry, the daffodil.

[Latin asphodelus, from Greek asphodelos.]

asphodel

(ˈæsfəˌdɛl)
n
1. (Plants) any of various S European liliaceous plants of the genera Asphodelus and Asphodeline, having clusters of white or yellow flowers. Compare bog asphodel
2. (Plants) any of various other plants, such as the daffodil
3. (Plants) an unidentified flower of Greek legend, probably a narcissus, said to cover the Elysian fields
4. (Classical Myth & Legend) an unidentified flower of Greek legend, probably a narcissus, said to cover the Elysian fields
[C16: from Latin asphodelus, from Greek asphodelos, of obscure origin]

as•pho•del

(ˈæs fəˌdɛl)

n.
1. any of various S European plants of the genera Asphodelus and Asphodeline, of the lily family, having white, pink, or yellow flowers in elongated clusters.
2. any of various similar plants, as the daffodil.
[1590–1600; < Latin asphodelus < Greek asphódelos. compare daffodil]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.asphodel - any of various chiefly Mediterranean plants of the genera Asphodeline and Asphodelus having linear leaves and racemes of white or pink or yellow flowersasphodel - any of various chiefly Mediterranean plants of the genera Asphodeline and Asphodelus having linear leaves and racemes of white or pink or yellow flowers
family Liliaceae, Liliaceae, lily family - includes species sometimes divided among the following families: Alliaceae; Aloeaceae; Alstroemeriaceae; Aphyllanthaceae; Asparagaceae; Asphodelaceae; Colchicaceae; Convallariaceae; Hemerocallidaceae; Hostaceae; Hyacinthaceae; Melanthiaceae; Ruscaceae; Smilacaceae; Tecophilaeacea; Xanthorrhoeaceae
liliaceous plant - plant growing from a bulb or corm or rhizome or tuber
Jacob's rod - asphodel having erect smooth unbranched stem either flexuous or straight
Asphodeline lutea, king's spear, yellow asphodel - asphodel with leafy stem and fragrant yellow flowers
Translations
Affodil
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asphodel

nAsphodelus m, → Affodill m
References in classic literature ?
ONE pleasant day in the latter part of eternity, as the Shades of all the great writers were reposing upon beds of asphodel and moly in the Elysian fields, each happy in hearing from the lips of the others nothing but copious quotation from his own works (for so Jove had kindly bedeviled their ears), there came in among them with triumphant mien a Shade whom none knew.
When I had told him this, the ghost of Achilles strode off across a meadow full of asphodel, exulting over what I had said concerning the prowess of his son.
After him I saw huge Orion in a meadow full of asphodel driving the ghosts of the wild beasts that he had killed upon the mountains, and he had a great bronze club in his hand, unbreakable for ever and ever.
They know not how much more the half is than the whole, nor what great advantage there is in mallow and asphodel (1).
Her hand he seis'd, and to a shadie bank, Thick overhead with verdant roof imbowr'd He led her nothing loath; Flours were the Couch, Pansies, and Violets, and Asphodel, And Hyacinth, Earths freshest softest lap.
She WAS ethereal, sublimated by purity, as shy and modest as a violet, as fragile-slender as a lily, and her eyes, luminous and shrinking tender, were as asphodels on the sward of heaven.
He paid meticulous attention to the wild flowers at each site--particularly the 'pink and rather spasmodic' asphodel, which for him epitomised the 'reckless glory' of ancient Greece.
gliding along the Chao Phraya with the bog asphodel.
James Thomas Foley was born on 26 April 1863 in Asphodel, a farming community near Peterborough, Ontario.
persona in her roman a clef Asphodel (1921-22), Hermione Gart, articulates an affective need to reclaim private experiences of museum pieces against the backdrop of an increasingly commercialized and mediated art culture that alienates individual museum patrons from meaningful connection with the art of the past by privileging establishment--and, implicitly, masculine--authority.
Methyl syringate: a chemical marker of asphodel (Asphodelus microcarpus Salzm.
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