Definition of daisy
1 : a composite plant (as of the genera Bellis or Chrysanthemum) having a flower head with well-developed ray flowers usually arranged in one or a few whorls: as a : a low European herb (Bellis perennis) with white or pink ray flowers —called also English daisy b : a leafy-stemmed perennial herb (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) with long white ray flowers and a yellow disk that was introduced into the United States from Europe —called also oxeye daisy
2 : the flower head of a daisy
3 : a first-rate person or thing
4 capitalized : a member of a program of the Girl Scouts for girls in kindergarten and first grade
Examples of daisy in a sentence
<while the old crooner is now well past his prime, Grandma still harkens back to the “daisy of a performance” he could give in his heyday>
Did You Know?
The daisy flower does not just bud, blossom, and die like most other flowers. Rather it performs a daily routine of “sleeping” at night by closing and “waking” in the morning by opening up again. Because of this unusual trait and the whorled appearance of the flower, the daisy was given the Old English name dægeseage, meaning literally “day’s eye.” The distinctive ray-like appearance of the daisy as it opens and closes with the sun reminds one of an eye that opens in the morning and closes at night.
Origin and Etymology of daisy
Middle English dayeseye, from Old English dægesēage, from dæg day + ēage eye
First Known Use: before 12th century
DAISY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of daisy for English Language Learners
: a type of white flower that has a yellow center
DAISY Defined for Kids
Definition of daisy for Students
: a plant with flower heads consisting of one or more rows of white or colored flowers like petals around a central disk of tiny often yellow flowers closely packed together
History for daisy
The modern English word daisy descends from an Old English word dægesēage that means literally “day's eye.” The yellow center of a daisy looks a bit like the sun, and the sun may be thought of as the bright eye of the day.
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