asphodel

noun
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

Examples of asphodel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The plant, a species of the false asphodel, is a delicate plant that traps insects with sticky hairs on its flowering stem, according to a news release from UBC. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, 10 Aug. 2021 The species in the new study, called the western false asphodel (Triantha occidentalis), lives in mountainous bogs and other nutrient-poor locations in western North America. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 9 Aug. 2021 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, 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/asphodel. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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