noun \när-ˈsi-səs\

Definition of NARCISSUS

capitalized :  a beautiful youth in Greek mythology who pines away for love of his own reflection and is then turned into the narcissus flower
plural nar·cis·si \-ˈsi-ˌsī, -(ˌ)sē\ or nar·cis·sus·es or narcissus [New Latin, genus name, from Latin, narcissus, from Greek narkissos] :  daffodil; especially :  one whose flowers have a short corona and are usually borne separately


Latin, from Greek Narkissos
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus).—Walter Chandoha

Any of about 40 species of bulbous, fragrant, ornamental plants that make up the genus Narcissus in the amaryllis family, native mainly to Europe. Popular spring garden flowers include the daffodil, or narcissus (N. pseudonarcissus), the jonquil (N. jonquilla), and poet's narcissus (N. poeticus). The stem usually bears one large blossom. The central crown of each yellow, white, or pink flower ranges in shape from the form of a trumpet, as in the daffodil, to a ringlike cup, as in the poet's narcissus. Rushlike or flattened leaves arise from the base of the plant. Though poisonous, the bulbs were once used in medicines.


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