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crocus

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noun cro·cus \ˈkrō-kəs\

Simple Definition of crocus

  • : a small purple, yellow, or white flower that blooms in the early spring

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of crocus

plural

crocuses

  1. 1 a plural also crocus or croci play \-ˌkē, -ˌkī, -ˌsī\ :  any of a genus (Crocus) of herbs of the iris family developing from corms and having solitary long-tubed flowers and slender linear leaves b :  saffron 1a

  2. 2 :  a dark red ferric oxide used for polishing metals

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A low-growing plant with a corm, the crocus belongs to the iris family. There are about 75 species of crocus. They are native to the Alps, southern Europe, and the Mediterranean and are widely grown for their cuplike blooms in early spring or fall. The spring-flowering sorts have a floral tube so long that the ovary is below ground, sheltered from climatic changes. Saffron comes from a species of crocus that is native to western Asia. The alpine crocus is the chief ancestor of the common garden crocus.

Origin and Etymology of crocus

Middle English, the saffron plant, from Latin, from Greek krokos, of Semitic origin; akin to Akkadian kurkānū saffron


First Known Use: 14th century


CROCUS Defined for Kids

crocus

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noun cro·cus \ˈkrō-kəs\

Definition of crocus for Students

  1. :  a small plant having grasslike leaves and colorful flowers that bloom in the spring




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crocus

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noun cro·cus \ˈkrō-kəs\

Medical Definition of crocus

plural

crocuses

  1. 1plural also crocus or croci \-ˌkē, -ˌkī, -ˌsī\play :  any of a large genus (Crocus) of perennial herbs of the iris family (Iridaceae)

  2. 2:  saffron 1




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