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

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

Examples of daffodil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Narcissus paved the path as the original floral casualty: staring at his reflection in the pond, transfixed, he was transformed into a daffodil. Jessi Jezewska Stevens, The New Yorker, 8 May 2021 Twenty towering daffodil sculptures now stand in Seaport Common. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Apr. 2021 While most of us enjoy the warming weather, the changing season is not good news for people who suffer from springtime allergies, who can start sniffling at the first sight of a daffodil. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 6 Apr. 2021 The color of a daffodil, this picturesque ranch started life as a modest farmhouse. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 3 Apr. 2021 For Persephone, the daffodil meant all hell broke loose. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Mar. 2021 Eight girls who are preparing for their bat mitzvah remembered the 1.5 million children who were killed during the Holocaust by planting 250 daffodil bulbs at a Miami synagogue’s garden. Sergio Carmona, sun-sentinel.com, 11 Dec. 2020 The Newington Parks and Recreation Department is working in cooperation with the 150th Anniversary Committee and has ordered over 2,500 daffodil bulbs to celebrate this momentous occasion. courant.com, 28 Aug. 2020 The pests are particularly fond of lettuce and other salad greens, broccoli, beans, hostas, strawberries, primroses and daffodil flowers. oregonlive, 15 Oct. 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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14 May 2021

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“Daffodil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daffodil. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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