daffodil

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n daffodil any of numerous varieties of Narcissus plants having showy often yellow flowers with a trumpet-shaped central crown
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are more than 700 species of plants that grow in the United States that have been identified as dangerous if eaten. Among them are some that are commonly favored by gardeners: buttercups, daffodils, lily of the valley, sweet peas, oleander, azalea, bleeding heart, delphinium, and rhododendron.
    • n Daffodil (Bot) A plant of the genus Asphodelus. "With damask roses and daffadillies set.""Strow me the ground with daffadowndillies ,
      And cowslips, and kingcups, and loved lilies."
      "A college gown
      That clad her like an April daffodilly ."
      "And chance-sown daffodil ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n daffodil The popular name of the Narcissus Pseudo-Narcissus, natural order Amaryllidaceæ, of which there are many varieties in cultivation. The solitary nodding flowers, upon a flattened scape, are of a bright primrose-yellow color, with a cylindrical crown longer than the funnel-shaped tube. The hoop-petticoat daffodil, N. Bulbocodium, has solitary erect yellow flowers. The rush daffodil is another species, N. triandrus, having a short crown and a slender drooping tube.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Daffodil a yellow flower of the lily tribe—also called King's spear.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. affodylle, prop., the asphodel, fr. LL. affodillus,cf. D. affodille, or OF. asphodile, aphodille, F. asphodèle,), L. asphodelus, fr. Gr. 'asfo`delos. The initial d in English is not satisfactorily explained. See Asphodel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. affodille—O. Fr. asphodile—Gr. asphodelus; the d is prefixed accidentally.

Usage

In literature:

On her desk glowed a vase of sunshine-colored daffodils.
"The Fate of Felix Brand" by Florence Finch Kelly
If color is preferred, there are tulips and daffodils of gorgeous beauty, and good for a week's wear.
"Breakfasts and Teas" by Paul Pierce
Daffodils are $1 a dozen; those dyed bring 20 cts.
"Garden and Forest Weekly, Volume 1 No. 1, February 29, 1888" by Various
Here the first bluebell, and, of livelier hue, The daffodil and polyanthus grew.
"The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles Vol. 2" by William Lisle Bowles
The flower is the daffodil.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 1" by Various
Daffodil, weather-lore of, 214.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
She was a widow, with two little daughters, named Primrose and Daffodil because they always wore yellow gowns.
"Lulu's Library, Volume II" by Louisa M. Alcott
A mass of daffodils, wallflowers, and primroses lay banked in baskets along the aisles.
"Lady Cassandra" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
To such thoughts she stepped brightly forward, her garments fluttering in the wind, and a large bunch of daffodils in her hands.
"Was It Right to Forgive?" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
There were new white trumpet daffodils for the Rector to gaze at.
"Plashers Mead" by Compton Mackenzie
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In poetry:

Not a daffodil nor daisy
Had dared to raise its head;
Not a fairhaired dandelion
Peeped timid from its bed;
"The Crocuses" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
All Sweet-Nancies, daffodils,
Talking in their beds below
Of sweet vales and shining hills
Whither they go.
"The Gardener" by Katharine Tynan
His old immortal glory wakes
The rushing streams and emerald hills;
His ancient trumpet softly shakes
The daffodils.
"An Easter Canticle" by Charles Hanson Towne
Freebooter winds stole richest smells
From roses bursting in the gloom,
And rifled half-blown daffodils,
And lilies of perfume.
"How It Fell Calm On Summer Night" by James Barron Hope
A wain of hay came up the lane--
O fields I shall not walk again,
And trees I shall not see, so still
Against a sky of daffodil!
"Farewell" by Katharine Tynan
Cold the haughty Spartan smil'd.
Madd'ning from the purple hills
Sang the far pipes, sweet and wild.
Red as sun-pierc'd daffodils
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

Already local election signs are popping up like daffodils around the county.
Daffodils, Narcissus , or Jonquil.
You say narcissus , I say daffodil.
Eventually he was transformed into a flower, a narcissus or daffodil.
Division 8 daffodil with erect, keeled, glaucous, mid-green leaves, 12 in.
For as little as $5, a person can pledge money toward a bag of large daffodil bulbs to help add color to the community, she added.
With its unique, double-flowering form and combination of bright white and clear, crisp strawberry pink, this is a beautiful daffodil to add to your garden.
Reaching 18 to 20 inches tall, Replete is one of the tallest daffodils and boasts strong stems to support the heavy flowers.
Loretta Henderson had the idea of a daffodil project for Early Village and enlisted the help of others.
There are a number of reasons why daffodils fail to bloom .
The mild winter has claimed a casualty: the Cleveland Botanical Garden 's annual Daffodil Show, scheduled for April 28-29, has been axed from the schedule because there won't be any daffodils left by then.
Not even when he got to help pick the queen for last spring's Daffodil Festival.
Step by step guide to selecting daffodil bulbs for potting and how to force them to bloom in time for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations.
Pack the container tight for a lush display of daffodils making sure to plant them at least an inch below the rim.
I'm a bit horrified to see the tips of my daffodils popping up in February.
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In science:

Senior Lecturer, Daffodil International University, Department of CSE, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 2.
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