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nounPlural narcissi, Plural narcissuses
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 center.
Genus Narcissus, family Liliaceae (or Amaryllidaceae): many species and varieties, in particular N. poeticus
- ‘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.’
- ‘The gardens are bounded by rhododendrons as well as azaleas, while in the woodlands there are snowdrops, bluebells, daffodils and narcissi.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘More than half the top 20 plants were spring flowers, including primroses, wild narcissi and lime-green euphorbias.’
- ‘White or yellow narcissus and crocus would be an excellent foil for the blue/lilac shades of muscari and anemones.’
- ‘Smaller flowers including species and botanical tulips, miniature and species narcissi are top of many bulb shopping lists this fall.’
- ‘Garden centres are supplied with spring flowering bulbs of daffodils, hyacinths, narcissus, tulips and crocus, but let's not stop there.’
- ‘Try bulbs that are prolific in winter months, such as tulips, narcissus, hyacinth, kalanchoe and cyclamen.’
- ‘Other fun bulbs for easy forcing include colorful hyacinths, crocuses and narcissi.’
- ‘It has far outlasted the bowls of hyacinth and narcissi that came into flower at the same time.’
- ‘It is the season to plant flowering bulbs such as tulips, narcissi, crocuses and hyacinths.’
- ‘The tulip is followed in popularity by the daffodil and other narcissi, the gladiolus, the lily and the crocus.’
- ‘Among the most commonly forced bulb flowers are amaryllis, paper-white narcissus, muscari and hyacinths.’
- ‘Crocus, grape hyacinths and narcissi are particularly suitable for larger grassy areas such as medians, slopes and the areas in front of shrubs.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Most daffodils and other narcissi will thrive in your area even without pre-cooling, but tulips will require more effort!’
- ‘Tulips, iris, lilies, narcissi and hyacinths are examples of ‘true bulbs.’’
- ‘The hoop petticoat narcissus, snowdrops, scillas, and crocus are perhaps the most delightful subjects for the purpose.’
- ‘They won't eat daffodils and other narcissi which are distasteful to them, but they find tulips and crocus irresistible.’
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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