as·​pho·​del | \ ˈas-fə-ˌdel How to pronounce asphodel (audio) \

Definition of asphodel

: any of various Old World herbs (especially genera Asphodelus and Asphodeline) of the lily family with flowers in usually long erect racemes

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Recent Examples on the Web Among them is a native New Jersey blackberry bush that grows in Cape May, and a bog asphodel, which grows only in the Pinelands after populations in Delaware and the Carolinas were wiped out, Snyder said. USA TODAY, "Rare wildflower blooms in only one place on Earth – New Jersey," 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of asphodel

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for asphodel

Latin asphodelus, from Greek asphodelos

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“Asphodel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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