• WordNet 3.6
    • n Asphodelus small genus of tall striking annuals or perennials with grasslike foliage and flowers in dense racemes or panicles; Mediterranean to Himalayas; sometimes placed in family Asphodelaceae
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n asphodelus A genus of hardy, stemless herbs, with white, lily-like flowers in long racemes, members of the family Liliaceæ. There are 6 or 7 species natives of the Mediterranean region, Western Asia, the East Indies, and Madagascar, some of which are found in flower-gardens. A. ramosus and A. albus are the only common trade-names in America. Most of the species are found along the Mediterranean Sea.
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In literature:

The yellow Asphodelus is very common, and I also saw A. mesembryanthemifolia.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Day-lily is the common name of a species of the Asphodelus.
"A Garden with House Attached" by Sarah Warner Brooks