Definitions for: Narcissus


[n] (Greek mythology) a beautiful young man who fell in love with his own reflection
[n] bulbous plant having erect linear leaves and showy yellow or white flowers either solitary or in clusters



Webster (1913) Definition: Nar*cis"sus, n.; pl. Narcissuses. [L. narcissus,
and (personified) Narcissus, Gr. na`rkissos, Na`rkissos, fr.
na`rkh torpor, in allusion to the narcotic properties of the
flower. Cf. Narcotic.]
1. (Bot.) A genus of endogenous bulbous plants with handsome
flowers, having a cup-shaped crown within the six-lobed
perianth, and comprising the daffodils and jonquils of
several kinds.

2. (Classical Myth.) A beautiful youth fabled to have been
enamored of his own image as seen in a fountain, and to
have been changed into the flower called Narcissus.

See Also: bulbous plant, daffodil, genus Narcissus, jonquil, mythical being, Narcissus jonquilla, Narcissus pseudonarcissus

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