One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
Genus Narcissus, family Liliaceae (or Amaryllidaceae): many species and varieties, in particular N. poeticus
- ‘Other fun bulbs for easy forcing include colorful hyacinths, crocuses and narcissi.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Among the most commonly forced bulb flowers are amaryllis, paper-white narcissus, muscari and hyacinths.’
- ‘The hoop petticoat narcissus, snowdrops, scillas, and crocus are perhaps the most delightful subjects for the purpose.’
- ‘It is the season to plant flowering bulbs such as tulips, narcissi, crocuses and hyacinths.’
- ‘Most daffodils and other narcissi will thrive in your area even without pre-cooling, but tulips will require more effort!’
- ‘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.’
- ‘More than half the top 20 plants were spring flowers, including primroses, wild narcissi and lime-green euphorbias.’
- ‘The gardens are bounded by rhododendrons as well as azaleas, while in the woodlands there are snowdrops, bluebells, daffodils and narcissi.’
- ‘They won't eat daffodils and other narcissi which are distasteful to them, but they find tulips and crocus irresistible.’
- ‘Tulips, iris, lilies, narcissi and hyacinths are examples of ‘true bulbs.’’
- ‘Smaller flowers including species and botanical tulips, miniature and species narcissi are top of many bulb shopping lists this fall.’
- ‘It has far outlasted the bowls of hyacinth and narcissi that came into flower at the same time.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Garden centres are supplied with spring flowering bulbs of daffodils, hyacinths, narcissus, tulips and crocus, but let's not stop there.’
- ‘Crocus, grape hyacinths and narcissi are particularly suitable for larger grassy areas such as medians, slopes and the areas in front of shrubs.’
- ‘Try bulbs that are prolific in winter months, such as tulips, narcissus, hyacinth, kalanchoe and cyclamen.’
- ‘Many, such as snowdrops, crocuses, and early rock garden narcissi are supposed to come up in very early spring, even peeking through the snow.’
- ‘Squirrels and other small creatures won't eat daffodils or other narcissi bulbs.’
Via Latin from Greek narkissos, perhaps from narkē ‘numbness’, with reference to its narcotic effects.
proper nounGreek 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.
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