daffodil

noun
daf·​fo·​dil | \ˈda-fə-ˌdil \

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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Snowdrops, miniature daffodils, and winter aconites (Eranthis) are good bulb companions. Kris Wetherbee, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Stunning Hostas," 7 Aug. 2018 Happiness smells like: Happiness smells like open fields, spring flowers like daffodils, and freshly cut grass. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "To Poppy Delevingne, Happiness Smells Like Skipping Class," 11 June 2018 That warmth began to penetrate the daffodils in the farm's butterfly garden and front yard, causing them to begin to bloom. Sun News Staff, cleveland.com, "St. Ambrose Parish volunteers help throughout Brunswick community: Photos," 23 Apr. 2018 The queen, wearing an electric blue coat and hat trimmed in black fur and holding a nosegay of daffodils, primroses, freesias, rosemary, thyme and ivy leaves, gave each recipient a red and a white purse. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince Philip skips annual pre-Easter service with queen, sparks health worries," 29 Mar. 2018 Here, the tulip hunter is rewarded with artistic compositions of tulips with their seasonal brethren, hyacinths, daffodils, crocuses and other springtime varieties. Colleen Barry, chicagotribune.com, "Nature shows off during Dutch tulip season," 8 Mar. 2018 The Grand Prix also donated 5,000 daffodil bulbs to be planted on the island. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Without Belle Isle, Grand Prix will have to leave metro Detroit," 12 July 2018 And the story’s signature sequence, in which Edward woos his future wife by conjuring a field of daffodils, is throat-catchingly romantic, with flowers blooming on the walls while the cast carries in more. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "Review: A life told in tall tales; 'Big Fish' at the Chance Theater," 12 July 2018 Other perennials, bulbs and ground covers: Bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis); sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum); snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis); hellebore (Helleborus); barrenwort (Epimedium); daylily (Hemerocallis); daffodil (Narcissus). Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Many plants die when grown near black walnut trees. These are the ones that survive.," 20 June 2018

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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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daffodil

noun

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

daffodil

noun
daf·​fo·​dil | \ˈda-fə-ˌdil \

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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