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 daisylike (audio) \ or daisy-like adjective
daisylike flowers

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.

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 The bouquet includes seven sunflowers, seven orange roses, three ruscus, three purple snapdragons, seven Viking poms (small yellow daisies) and three flax loops, according to the foundation’s description. cleveland, "Valentine’s Day gifts with a ‘powerful purpose’ from Prayers From Maria in Rocky River," 10 Feb. 2020 Adding clumps of pollen-rich blooms (think daisy-like coneflowers, sunflowers, asters) to a vegetable mix enhances pollination and boosts harvests. Washington Post, "Advice to first-time gardeners: Think small. Find your spot.," 24 Dec. 2019 Goal Zero sells a home energy storage system that uses a lithium-ion battery pack (either the Yeti 1400 Lithium or 3000), a home integration kit, and optional lead-acid batteries that can be daisy-chained for extra storage. Jason H. Harper, Los Angeles Times, "Shelter Me Column: How to cope with power loss during wildfire season," 23 Aug. 2019 Purple Coneflower Purple coneflower, also known as echinacea, produces clumps of sturdy stems topped with large, rosy pink, daisy-like flowers that have raised, orange-brown centers. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "10 Herbs That Blossom Into Stunning Flowers," 20 May 2016 His sister, Sarah Levy, who plays Twyla on the Pop TV sitcom, can confirm he’s no perpetrator of the nocturnal oopsie daisies. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Schitt’s Creek creator Dan Levy on that bed-wetting incident," 15 Jan. 2020 For the showgirls, based on a group called the Golddiggers who performed at the real-life event with Jerry Vale, the designers fashioned white daisy-lace bell bottoms and bralettes with long, beaded fringe, care of a doorway curtain. Rachel Lee Harris, New York Times, "Dressing ‘The Irishman’: Polyester Pantsuits and Capo Collars," 6 Dec. 2019 Elsewhere, a rubber masked Donald Trump went as Vladimir Putin's date, and a couple dressed as a set of Japanese fairy tale characters, wearing head-to-toe robes inlaid with real yellow, pink, and white daisies. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Japan’s Kawasaki Parade Is a Serious Display of Halloween Spirit," 31 Oct. 2019 In the photo the squirrel is up on its hind legs, its little face pushed up into the yellow daisy with its eyes closed seemingly taking a zen-like moment of peace in its (* ahem *) nutty life. Melissa Locker, Time, "If You Want to Know What Love Is, This Zen Squirrel Smelling a Flower Will Show You," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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13 Feb 2020

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“Daisy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daisy. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce daisy (audio)

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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