amaryllis

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noun am·a·ryl·lis \ˌa-mə-ˈri-ləs\

Definition of amaryllis

  1. :  an autumn-flowering South African bulbous herb (Amaryllis belladonna of the family Amaryllidaceae, the amaryllis family) widely grown for its large deep red to whitish umbellate flowers; also :  a plant of any of several related genera (such as Hippeastrum or Sprekelia)

Origin and Etymology of amaryllis

New Latin, genus name, probably from Latin, name of a shepherdess in Virgil's Eclogues


First Known Use: 1754



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