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

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There are close to 350 trees, 700 shrubs, 9,400 ground cover plantings, and 4,400 white daffodils. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "Martin’s Park: A place for peace and play," 8 June 2019 The backdrop is expansive gardens in full vernal splendor: 150 flowering cherry trees, alongside countless other flowers from daffodils to irises to 500,000 tulips. National Geographic, "Best places to see cherry blossoms in the U.S.," 1 Mar. 2019 There are other plants, such as daffodils, peonies, and hyacinths, that should stay in the same place. Kyle Johnson, Sunset, "10 Flower Farmer Secrets to Get Your Garden Blooming," 22 Jan. 2018 The Silos grounds feature 10 different varieties of tulips and two varieties of daffodils this year for the ultimate spring garden—totaling in 12,000 flowers. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines’s Garden Is Exploding with 12,000 Flowers," 22 Mar. 2019 Blooms from the ranunculus, some from daffodils, an anemone dyed salmon and a broken stem of a blue delphinium pick up the colors and bigger shapes. Lindsey Taylor, WSJ, "A Slightly Surreal Floral Arrangement Inspired by Joan Miró," 22 Feb. 2019 Easter plants range in price from $4 to $15 and include lilies, daffodils, hyacinths, hydrangeas, shamrocks, geraniums, tulips, primroses and pansies. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Lakewood Historical Society to get a new home: A Place in the Sun," 20 Mar. 2018 Every morning, the Journal’s great baseball correspondent, Jared Diamond, goes to the window and looks for signs of a Harper or Machado signing, like a farmer trying to locate the first daffodils of spring. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Bryce Harper Is Playing Hardball. He Should Play Softball.," 10 Feb. 2019 Cardiff’s players, who sported daffodils embroidered on their shirts in Sala’s honor, celebrated a goal by racing to the home dugout and holding up a blue shirt bearing Sala’s photograph. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Man leading search for Sala’s plane says wreckage found," 4 Feb. 2019

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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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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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