One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bulbous European plant which typically bears bright yellow flowers with a long trumpet-shaped centre (corona).
Genus Narcissus, family Liliaceae (or Amaryllidaceae): several species, in particular the common Narcissus pseudonarcissus and its varieties. See also lent lily, narcissus
- ‘Splashes of yellow and pink are supplied by clumps of daffodils and bergenia.’
- ‘Fall is the time to plant the tulips, daffodils and hyacinths that bloom in the spring.’
- ‘The leek and the daffodil are also important Welsh symbols.’
- ‘Bulb flowers such as daffodils should have their stems snipped across at an angle.’
- ‘The villagers have come from their gardens and planted the roadsides with daffodils.’
- ‘It's May again and the daffodils rear their predictable sunny, yellow heads.’
- ‘This daffodil produces a yellow flower with an extremely long trumpet.’
- ‘On the way home we passed through a universe of early spring flowers - snowdrops and daffodils for the most part.’
- ‘Many hardy bulbs, such as daffodils, perennialize well and can be left in the ground to flower year after year.’
- ‘A few inexpensive pots of snazzy red tulips, golden daffodils or purple crocus can brighten a dreary spring day.’
- ‘Yellow is the most cheerful of all colours, which is why it is so lovely to have daffodils and jonquils in the garden.’
- ‘The city will reap the benefit in the spring when daffodils and crocus give the city's parks and verges a splash of colour.’
- ‘Laurel trees are budding and also daffodils and snowdrops are in bloom.’
- ‘The crocuses and daffodils have come and gone, the magnolias and cherry trees are in bloom.’
- ‘Squirrels and other small creatures won't eat daffodils or other narcissi bulbs.’
- ‘Snowdrops are in full bloom, and daffodils and hyacinth are following fast.’
- ‘The school grounds will soon be awash with bright yellow daffodils as the flowers emerge from their bulbs.’
- ‘The narcissi, snowdrops and primuli are in bloom and the daffodils are starting to shoot.’
- ‘If crocuses and daffodils mark the beginnings of spring, tulips are surely its climax.’
- ‘Volunteers are urgently needed to help plant daffodils and tulips bulbs.’
Mid 16th century: from late Middle English affodill, from medieval Latin affodilus, variant of Latin asphodilus (see asphodel). The initial d- is unexplained.
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