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daf·fo·dil

 (dăf′ə-dĭl)
n.
1.
a. Any of various bulbous plants of the genus Narcissus, especially one of the many cultivated varieties of N. pseudonarcissus, having showy, usually yellow flowers with a trumpet-shaped central corona.
b. The flower of any of these plants.
2. A brilliant to vivid yellow.

[Alteration of Middle English affodil, from Latin asphodelus, asphodel; see asphodel.]

daffodil

(ˈdæfədɪl)
n
1. (Plants) Also called: Lent lily a widely cultivated Eurasian amaryllidaceous plant, Narcissus pseudonarcissus, having spring-blooming yellow flowers
2. (Plants) any other plant of the genus Narcissus
3. (Colours)
a. a brilliant yellow colour
b. (as adjective): daffodil paint.
4. (Heraldry) a daffodil, or a representation of one, as a national emblem of Wales
[C14: from Dutch de affodil the asphodel, from Medieval Latin affodillus, variant of Latin asphodelus asphodel]

daf•fo•dil

(ˈdæf ə dɪl)

n.
1. any plant of the genus Narcissus, of the amaryllis family, esp. species having solitary yellow flowers with a trumpetlike corona.
2. the flower itself.
3. clear yellow; canary.
[1530–40; unexplained variant of Middle English affodile < Vulgar Latin affodillus, variant of asphodelus < Greek asphódelos asphodel]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.daffodil - any of numerous varieties of Narcissus plants having showy often yellow flowers with a trumpet-shaped central crowndaffodil - any of numerous varieties of Narcissus plants having showy often yellow flowers with a trumpet-shaped central crown
narcissus - bulbous plant having erect linear leaves and showy yellow or white flowers either solitary or in clusters
jonquil - often used colloquially for any yellow daffodil
Narcissus papyraceus, paper white - a daffodil having star-shaped white blossoms; often grown indoors to bloom in the winter
Translations
narcis
påskelilje
narsissi
sunovratnarcis
nárciszsárga nárcisz
hátíîalilja
ラッパズイセン
수선화
narcizas
dzeltenā narcise
narcis
narcisa
påsklilja
ดอกแดฟโฟดีลมีสีเหลือง
nergiszerrin
hoa thủy tiên

daffodil

[ˈdæfədɪl] Nnarciso m

daffodil

[ˈdæfədɪl] njonquille f

daffodil

nOsterglocke f, → Narzisse f

daffodil

[ˈdæfədɪl] ntrombone m, giunchiglia

daffodil

(ˈdӕfədil) noun
a kind of yellow spring flower which grows from a bulb.

daffodil

نَرْجِسٌ بَرِّيّ narcis påskelilje Osterglocke ασφόδελος narciso narsissi jonquille sunovrat narciso ラッパズイセン 수선화 narcis påskelilje żonkil narciso желтый нарцисс påsklilja ดอกแดฟโฟดีลมีสีเหลือง nergis hoa thủy tiên 水仙
References in classic literature ?
Miss Waterford, torn between the aestheticism of her early youth, when she used to go to parties in sage green, holding a daffodil, and the flippancy of her maturer years, which tended to high heels and Paris frocks, wore a new hat.
My roses are yellow," it answered; "as yellow as the hair of the mermaiden who sits upon an amber throne, and yellower than the daffodil that blooms in the meadow before the mower comes with his scythe.
Yes, they are tiny growing things and they might be crocuses or snowdrops or daffodils," she whispered.
Hilbery dropped into a pleasant, inattentive state of mind, in which she was conscious of the running green lines of the hedges, of the swelling ploughland, and of the mild blue sky, which served her, after the first five minutes, for a pastoral background to the drama of human life; and then she thought of a cottage garden, with the flash of yellow daffodils against blue water; and what with the arrangement of these different prospects, and the shaping of two or three lovely phrases, she did not notice that the young people in the carriage were almost silent.
The perfume from the great clusters of yellow daffodils and violets floated up from the flower sellers' baskets below; the fresh, warm air seemed to bring him poignant memories of crocus-starred lawns, of trim beds of hyacinths, of the song of birds, of the perfume of drooping lilac.
The babies were out in full force, looking as gay and delicate and sweet as the snow-drops, hyacinths, and daffodils on the banks whence the snow had melted.
There were rosy bleeding-hearts and great splendid crimson peonies; white, fragrant narcissi and thorny, sweet Scotch roses; pink and blue and white columbines and lilac-tinted Bouncing Bets; clumps of southernwood and ribbon grass and mint; purple Adam-and-Eve, daffodils, and masses of sweet clover white with its delicate, fragrant, feathery sprays; scarlet lightning that shot its fiery lances over prim white musk-flowers; a garden it was where sunshine lingered and bees hummed, and winds, beguiled into loitering, purred and rustled.
Instead, he cut a loose handful of daffodils and, looking furtively about him as if committing a crime, he laid them across the footpath under the pine.
The firelight flickered from point to point, gleaming on the white and green coats of Gog and Magog, on the sleek, brown head of the beautiful setter basking on the rug, on the picture frames on the walls, on the vaseful of daffodils from the window garden, on Anne herself, sitting by her little table, with her sewing beside her and her hands clasped over her knee while she traced out pictures in the fire--Castles in Spain whose airy turrets pierced moonlit cloud and sunset bar-ships sailing from the Haven of Good Hopes straight to Four Winds Harbor with precious burthen.
I believe nearly every child who is much alone goes through a certain time of hourly expecting the Day of Judgment, and I had made up my mind that on that Day the heavenly host would enter the world by that very field, coming down the slope in shining ranks, treading the daffodils under foot, filling the orchard with their songs of exultation, joyously seeking out the sheep from among the goats.
The site of my garden was occupied by a rockery, and the orchard grass with all its treasures had been dug up, and the spaces between the trees planted with currant bushes and celery in admirable rows; so that no future little cousins will be able to dream of celestial hosts coming towards them across the fields of daffodils, and will perhaps be the better for being free from visions of the kind, for as I grew older, uncomfortable doubts laid hold of my heart with cold fingers, dim uncertainties as to the exact ultimate position of the gardener and the governess, anxious questionings as to how it would be if it were they who turned out after all to be sheep, and I who--?
Daffodils in American Gardens, 1733-1940" traces the history of the garden daffodil including its early days in Europe, especially the Netherlands; the importation of flowering bulbs to colonial America; and plant breeding and the dissemination of plants throughout the United States until World War II.