daisy

noun
dai·​sy | \ ˈdā-zē \
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 \ 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

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Sometimes, the pineapple is shaped like a star and not a daisy. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Consider the Edible Arrangement," 29 Nov. 2018 Those models are now pushing up daisies, killed by a nasty collision with data. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Physicists report electron is round—what does that mean?," 7 Nov. 2018 During my jog, my shorts felt dry and fresh as a daisy. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "I Tried Free Bleeding in Period-Proof Running Shorts," 30 Oct. 2018 Daisy Love — the fragrance — is much more complex; in addition to the cloudberries, the floral-meets-gourmand scent features notes of petals from the daisy tree, and a dry down of driftwood and cashmere musks. Marci Robin, Allure, "Marc Jacobs Beauty Launches Enamored Lip Gloss Inspired by the New Daisy Love Fragrance," 8 Aug. 2018 Daisy, daisy Stories Untold is one of my favorite overlooked games of 2017, even appearing on our Game of the Year list. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Walking Dead resurrected, Baldur's Gate 3 rumors, Into the Breach done quick," 12 Oct. 2018 Which is why in this conservative state, even a modest spray of daisies still must be government-approved. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "Do You Have a License for That Bouquet?," 24 Aug. 2018 Medallion Daisy Melampodium bears beautiful small, golden, daisy-like blooms on bushy plants that tolerate heat, drought, and pests. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "13 Annual Flowers You Can Easily Grow From Seeds," 2 June 2016 The highlight, however, was the return of space buns, seen this time on Momo with tiny daisies intertwined in them. Lai Frances, Allure, "A Comprehensive Guide to the Evolution of Twice's Hair and Makeup," 6 Nov. 2018

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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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More Definitions for daisy

daisy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of daisy

: a type of white flower that has a yellow center

daisy

noun
dai·​sy | \ ˈdā-zē \
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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