noun \ˈjän-kwəl, ˈjäŋ-\

Definition of JONQUIL

:  a Mediterranean perennial bulbous herb (Narcissus jonquilla) of the amaryllis family with long linear leaves that is widely cultivated for its yellow or white fragrant short-tubed clustered flowers — compare daffodil

Origin of JONQUIL

French jonquille, from Spanish junquillo, diminutive of junco reed, from Latin juncus
First Known Use: 1664


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Popular garden flower (Narcissus jonquilla), a Mediterranean perennial bulbous herb of the amaryllis family. Bearing long linear leaves, it is widely cultivated for its yellow or white, fragrant, short-tubed, clustered flowers. An oil from jonquil flowers is used in perfumes. See also narcissus.


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