dai·​sy | \ ˈdā-zē How to pronounce daisy (audio) \
plural daisies

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: such as
a : a low European herb (Bellis perennis) with white or pink ray flowers

called also English daisy

b : a leafy-stemmed perennial herb (Leucanthemum vulgare synonym Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) with long white ray flowers and a yellow disk that was introduced into the U.S. 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

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Other Words from daisy

daisylike \ ˈdā-​zē-​ˌlīk How to pronounce daisy (audio) \ or daisy-like adjective
daisylike flowers

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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.

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
Recent Examples on the Web Oxeye daisy, double peonies and tall bearded irises bloom nicely. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 3 June 2021 In the kitchen, there were lots of gerbera daisy-type silk flowers and a wreath that was 4 or 5 feet in diameter. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, 10 May 2021 The school seal depicts a daisy bending toward a sunburst. Billy Jean Louis, baltimoresun.com, 16 Apr. 2021 There’s also a daisy-chain link for adding a second M2 Max for use in bigger meetings. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 That is outside normal radio range, but the Army have daisy-chained several together to extend communications to some 40 miles. David Hambling, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 Nyjer is a small, thin, black seed from the African yellow daisy. Outdoor Life, 26 Feb. 2021 Today, however, this special daisy is being grown once again on the clay hills of Nakuru at an altitude of more than 1,500 meters. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 That method works for many flowers and grasses, but for daisy-like flowers, such as black-eyed Susans, drying works better with the petals and center of flower drying face-up, Carroll said. oregonlive, 3 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of daisy

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for daisy

Middle English dayeseye, from Old English dægesēage, from dæg day + ēage eye

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The first known use of daisy was before the 12th century

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11 Jun 2021

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“Daisy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daisy. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of daisy

: a type of white flower that has a yellow center


dai·​sy | \ ˈdā-zē How to pronounce daisy (audio) \
plural daisies

Kids Definition of daisy

: 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

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