noun \ˈas-fə-ˌdel\

Definition of ASPHODEL

:  any of various Old World herbs (especially genera Asphodelus and Asphodeline) of the lily family with flowers in usually long erect racemes

Origin of ASPHODEL

Latin asphodelus, from Greek asphodelos
First Known Use: 1597


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of several flowering plants belonging to the family Asphodelaceae. This common name is variously applied and thus much misunderstood. The asphodel of the poets is often a narcissus; that of the ancients is either of two genera, Asphodeline or Asphodelus. Asphodels are hardy herbaceous perennials with narrow leaves and an elongated stem bearing a handsome spike of white, pink, or yellow flowers. Bog asphodel (Narthecium ossifragum) is a small herbaceous plant that grows in boggy places in Britain.


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