Definition of amaryllis
: 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)
Recent Examples of amaryllis from the Web
Bulbs-type plants: Achimenes, African iris, agapanthus, amaryllis, blackberry lily, bulbine, caladiums, canna, crinum, crocosmia, day lily, eucharis lily, gladiolus, gloriosa lily, peacock ginger, society garlic, rain lily and walking iris.
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Origin and Etymology of amaryllis
New Latin, genus name, probably from Latin, name of a shepherdess in Virgil's Eclogues
First Known Use: 1754See Words from the same year
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