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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

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

Rhymes with crocus


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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