One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A widely cultivated narcissus with clusters of small fragrant yellow flowers and cylindrical leaves, native to southern Europe and north-eastern Africa.
Narcissus jonquilla, family Liliaceae (or Amaryllidaceae)
- ‘In actual fact, all daffodils and jonquils are narcissi - but only some narcissi are daffodils and only a few are jonquils.’
- ‘Yellow is the most cheerful of all colours, which is why it is so lovely to have daffodils and jonquils in the garden.’
- ‘I could see some particularly attractive flowers up ahead, and as we drew closer, I realized that they were jonquils, my favorite flower.’
- ‘However, late summer and early fall is the time we need to be planting and nurturing our jonquils to make sure they are bright and healthy later.’
- ‘Other flowers featured in the magazine included daisies and daffodils, jonquils and jasmines, roses and ranunculus, and hundreds of others.’
Early 17th century: from modern Latin jonquilla or French jonquille, from Spanish junquillo, diminutive of junco, from Latin juncus ‘rush, reed’.
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