am·​a·​ryl·​lis ˌa-mə-ˈri-ləs How to pronounce amaryllis (audio)
: an autumn-flowering South African bulbous herb (Amaryllis belladonna of the family Amaryllidaceae, the amaryllis family) that is grown in gardens for its clusters of large, fragrant, usually white or pink flowers which resemble lilies and are borne on long, solid, leafless stems : belladonna lily
: any of various usually spring-flowering cultivars of a closely related chiefly South American bulbous herb (genus Hippeastrum) that are widely grown indoors in wintertime for their clusters of large, typically red, pink, salmon, or white, trumpet-shaped flowers which resemble lilies and are borne on long, hollow, leafless stems

Examples of amaryllis in a Sentence

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1754, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of amaryllis was in 1754

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“Amaryllis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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am·​a·​ryl·​lis ˌam-ə-ˈril-əs How to pronounce amaryllis (audio)
: any of various plants of a group related to the lilies
especially : an African herb having a bulb and grown for its cluster of large showy flowers

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