Definition of amaryllis in US English:



  • A bulbous plant with white, pink, or red flowers and strap-shaped leaves, of the type genus of the amaryllis family, Amaryllidaceae.

    A South African plant (Amaryllis belladonna, also called belladonna lily), and (popularly) a tropical South American plant that is frequently grown as a houseplant (hybrids of the genus Hippeastrum, formerly Amaryllis)

    • ‘Butterfly amaryllis and other species do not require a dormancy period.’
    • ‘Potted amaryllis bulbs top-dressed with moss make welcome gifts.’
    • ‘Potted amaryllis that flowered at Christmas may bloom again the following holiday season if you take a few steps to program the flowering.’
    • ‘The amaryllis is ideal for people who have little time or inclination to spend on high-maintenance flowers and plants.’
    • ‘Cheryl Howie of Iowa keeps her amaryllis standing straight with a unique plant stake she made out of a Frisbee and a few wooden dowels.’
    • ‘Many southern gardens don't have tulips, forsythia or daffodils, but instead have guava, pineapple and amaryllis.’
    • ‘Plant amaryllis bulbs in containers early this month for Thanksgiving bloom or in late October for Christmas bloom.’
    • ‘The plant is another South African native and is related to amaryllis.’
    • ‘Many amaryllis bulbs sold in autumn are (botanically speaking) hippeastrum bulbs.’
    • ‘For my home, I would just go for something simple, like a nice vase of tulips or amaryllis.’
    • ‘Dasan took his time to makes memorials for all his people, 500 crosses with an amaryllis flower tied to it.’
    • ‘Saillen said he is struck by the beauty of strong, vibrant flowers, like amaryllis, banana flowers and birds of paradise.’
    • ‘Combine the pleasures of both with holiday red amaryllis and pristine white tulips and fragrant hyacinths.’
    • ‘For amaryllis, allow the bulbs to dry out from mid-August through mid-November, then water and feed to promote bloom.’
    • ‘Take time for some indoor gardening activities with your children, such as preparing your favorite amaryllis bulbs - kids will marvel at how quickly the plants develop.’
    • ‘I also dug the amaryllis, which I plant out each summer after their winter show.’
    • ‘Fertilize amaryllis regularly during the growth cycle starting one month after planting (when active growth is underway).’
    • ‘The large-flowered amaryllis we're used to seeing at this time of year carry huge blossoms - 8 and even 10 inches across.’
    • ‘The two easiest bulbs to force are paper-white narcissus and amaryllis.’
    • ‘Some bulbs, such as amaryllis and paperwhites, can readily be brought into flower in time for the winter holidays if you start about five or six weeks in advance.’


Modern Latin, from Latin Amaryllis (from Greek Amarullis), a name for a country girl in pastoral poetry.