Definition of narcissus in English:

narcissus

noun

  • A bulbous Eurasian plant of a genus that includes the daffodil, especially (in gardening) one with flowers that have white or pale outer petals and a shallow orange or yellow cup in the centre.

    • ‘Other fun bulbs for easy forcing include colorful hyacinths, crocuses and narcissi.’
    • ‘Tulips, iris, lilies, narcissi and hyacinths are examples of ‘true bulbs.’’
    • ‘When served, they are cut open, and their yellow and white centres remind people of the narcissus flowers which bloom in the hills in the spring time.’
    • ‘The narcissus is a flower named after the young man who fell in love with his own reflection and pined away because he could not reach the object of his love.’
    • ‘The gardens are bounded by rhododendrons as well as azaleas, while in the woodlands there are snowdrops, bluebells, daffodils and narcissi.’
    • ‘Try bulbs that are prolific in winter months, such as tulips, narcissus, hyacinth, kalanchoe and cyclamen.’
    • ‘Most daffodils and other narcissi will thrive in your area even without pre-cooling, but tulips will require more effort!’
    • ‘More than half the top 20 plants were spring flowers, including primroses, wild narcissi and lime-green euphorbias.’
    • ‘They won't eat daffodils and other narcissi which are distasteful to them, but they find tulips and crocus irresistible.’
    • ‘It is the season to plant flowering bulbs such as tulips, narcissi, crocuses and hyacinths.’
    • ‘The hoop petticoat narcissus, snowdrops, scillas, and crocus are perhaps the most delightful subjects for the purpose.’
    • ‘Garden centres are supplied with spring flowering bulbs of daffodils, hyacinths, narcissus, tulips and crocus, but let's not stop there.’
    • ‘Many, such as snowdrops, crocuses, and early rock garden narcissi are supposed to come up in very early spring, even peeking through the snow.’
    • ‘It has far outlasted the bowls of hyacinth and narcissi that came into flower at the same time.’
    • ‘Among the most commonly forced bulb flowers are amaryllis, paper-white narcissus, muscari and hyacinths.’
    • ‘Crocus, grape hyacinths and narcissi are particularly suitable for larger grassy areas such as medians, slopes and the areas in front of shrubs.’
    • ‘Smaller flowers including species and botanical tulips, miniature and species narcissi are top of many bulb shopping lists this fall.’
    • ‘Squirrels and other small creatures won't eat daffodils or other narcissi bulbs.’
    • ‘The tulip is followed in popularity by the daffodil and other narcissi, the gladiolus, the lily and the crocus.’
    • ‘White or yellow narcissus and crocus would be an excellent foil for the blue/lilac shades of muscari and anemones.’

Origin

Via Latin from Greek narkissos, perhaps from narkē numbness, with reference to its narcotic effects.

Pronunciation:

narcissus

/nɑːˈsɪsəs/

Definition of Narcissus in English:

Narcissus

proper noun

Greek Mythology
  • A beautiful youth who rejected the nymph Echo and fell in love with his own reflection in a pool. He pined away and was changed into the flower that bears his name.

Pronunciation:

Narcissus

/nɑːˈsɪsəs/