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Definition of daffodil

: any of various perennial bulbous herbs (genus Narcissus) of the amaryllis family especially : one whose flowers have a large corona elongated into a trumpet — compare jonquil, narcissus

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Recent Examples on the Web Nowhere are the daffodils more yellow or the stone cherubs more cherubic. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "On the bright side: Finding refuge, relaxation on quirky Bay Area walks," 25 May 2020 But after a few weeks, as the daffodils began to show a little color, that didn’t seem like such a good idea. Jane Brox, The New Yorker, "The Riddle of Solitude in the Age of the Coronavirus," 16 May 2020 For Mother’s Day, Field & Florist will fashion bouquets out of whichever plants are flowering on their farm, which will probably include blush-pink peonies, crimson ranunculus and ruffled golden-orange daffodils. Zio Baritaux, New York Times, "10 Florists Delivering Vibrant Bouquets for Mother’s Day," 2 May 2020 Similarly, soil is warm enough for potatoes when dandelions bloom and carrots can purportedly go in when daffodils blossom. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "A few signs that it might be warm enough to start planting outside," 30 Apr. 2020 Gorgeous varieties of daffodils or narcissus, from neon orange to butter yellow to lemon chiffon. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Don’t make the mistake of missing that gorgeous spring day: Sun Messages," 27 Apr. 2020 The teacher reads a story, talks a bit about daffodils or frogs, and might celebrate a kid’s birthday. Frederick M. Hess, National Review, "COVID-19 Took Away Public Education. Will We Miss It?," 16 Apr. 2020 Spent a beautiful evening in the daffodil patch photographing all of the varieties that will be part of our bulb line up this autumn. Tierney Mcafee, Country Living, "Celebrate the 2020 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival with These Stunning Virtual Tours," 15 Apr. 2020 The fragrance itself is marketed as a light and airy floral, reminiscent of wearing a gauzy cotton sundresses in a field of daffodils, which is where Gerber shot the recent campaign alongside friends and fellow models Adut Akech and Meghan Roche. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Kaia Gerber Just Spilled How She Lightened Her Hair At Home," 18 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of daffodil

1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for daffodil

perhaps from Dutch de affodil the asphodel

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The first known use of daffodil was in 1548

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4 Jun 2020

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“Daffodil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daffodil. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of daffodil

: a yellow flower that blooms in the spring and that has a center that is shaped like a long tube


daf·​fo·​dil | \ ˈda-fə-ˌdil How to pronounce daffodil (audio) \

Kids Definition of daffodil

: a plant that grows from a bulb and has long slender leaves and usually yellow or white flowers with petals whose inner parts are arranged to form a trumpet-shaped tube

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