Definition of amaryllis
: an autumn-flowering South African bulbous herb (Amaryllis belladonna of the family Amaryllidaceae, the amaryllis family) widely grown for its large deep red to whitish umbellate flowers; also : a plant of any of several related genera (as Hippeastrum or Sprekelia)
Origin and Etymology of amaryllis
New Latin, genus name, probably from Latin, name of a shepherdess in Virgil's Eclogues
First Known Use: 1754
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