Narcissus (daffodils; family Amaryllidaceae)
A genus of bulbous herbs
whose regular flowers are borne singly or in groups on the tip of a leafless stem, and which have a papery spathe
around the flower or flower group. The flowers have 6 similar perianth
segments and also a cup or trumpet-shaped corona
surrounding the stamens
species are much cultivated (as wild species and as hybrids or cultivars) for the fine flowers. There are 27 species, occuring in Europe
, western Asia
, and N. Africa.
am·a·ryl·lis / ˌaməˈrilis/ •
n. a bulbous plant of the lily family with showy white, pink, or red flowers and straplike leaves, in particular: ∎ a South African plant (Amaryllis belladonna), also called belladonna lily. ∎ a tropical South American plant that is frequently grown as a houseplant (hybrids of the genus Hippeastrum, formerly Amaryllis).
nar·cis·sus / närˈsisəs/ •
n. (pl. same, -cis·si / -ˈsisī; -sē/ , or -cissuses
) a bulbous Eurasian plant of a genus that includes the daffodil, esp. (in gardening) one with flowers that have white or pale outer petals and a shallow orange or yellow cup in the center. • Genus Narcissus, family Liliaceae (or Amaryllidaceae): many species and varieties, in particular N. poeticus.
Genus consisting of a single species of bulbous plant, Amaryllis belladona, the belladonna lily, which has several trumpet-shaped pink or white flowers. Amaryllis is also the common name for Hippeastrum
, a bulbous houseplant.
genus of bulbous plants. XVIII. modl. (Linnaeus) use of L. Amaryllis
, Gr. Amarullis
typical name for a pretty country girl in Theocritus, Virgil, and Ovid.
name of a shepherdess in the pastoral poetry of Virgil and Ovid, used by Milton in ‘Lycidas’ (1638).