One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A Eurasian plant of the lily family, typically having long slender leaves and flowers borne on a spike.See also bog asphodel
- ‘The sweet herbal aroma of bog myrtle drifts from the shallow mires that harbour a tangle of willows and silver-barked birch or are spattered yellow with asphodels.’
- ‘Among them are turkey beard, golden-crest, and yellow asphodel.’
- ‘Hopping across fallen blocks of masonry, dancing over the asphodels, offering piggy-back rides was one way of selling ancient history to two young girls.’
- ‘The plant, known as turkeybeard, or mountain asphodel, is a rare species of lily.’
- ‘A large, yellow-flowered bladderwort sends stems several inches above the surface of the water, and the yellow asphodel is spectacular in late June and early July.’
2literary An everlasting flower said to grow in the Elysian fields.
Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek asphodelos; compare with daffodil.
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