Definitions for: Daffodil


[n] any of numerous varieties of Narcissus plants having showy often yellow flowers with a trumpet-shaped central crown



Webster (1913) Definition: Daf"fo*dil (d[a^]f"f[-o]*d[i^]l), n. [OE. affodylle,
prop., the asphodel, fr. LL. affodillus (cf. D. affodille or
OF. asphodile, aphodille, F. asphod[`e]le), L. asphodelus,
fr. Gr. 'asfo`delos. The initial d in English is not
satisfactorily explained. See Asphodel.] (Bot.)
(a) A plant of the genus Asphodelus.
(b) A plant of the genus Narcissus (N. Pseudo-narcissus).
It has a bulbous root and beautiful flowers, usually of a
yellow hue. Called also daffodilly, daffadilly,
daffadowndilly, daffydowndilly, etc.

With damask roses and daffadillies set. --Spenser.

Strow me the ground with daffadowndillies, And
cowslips, and kingcups, and loved lilies.
--Spenser.

A college gown That clad her like an April
daffodilly. --Tennyson

And chance-sown daffodil. --Whittier.

Synonyms: Narcissus pseudonarcissus

See Also: jonquil, narcissus

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