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 Other plants that should be kept out of reach of pets include: azalea, hibiscus, daffodils, poinsettia, mushrooms, lilies, daisy, geranium, hydrangea, tomato and more. Traci Howerton, NOLA.com, "Sago palms are deadly to pets: See symptoms of poisoning and list of other toxiic plants," 7 Oct. 2020 For spring, or now, consider DIY daisy doodles for a dose of cheer. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "At Anna Sui, Face Flowers Add a Welcome Touch of Whimsy," 15 Sep. 2020 In the photo Perry and Bloom both hold their new baby's hand, and a daisy can be seen on Perry's nail—a nod to her daughter's name, Daisy Dove. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom’s Daughter Has Arrived—And Her Name Is Adorable," 27 Aug. 2020 The sweet post shows Perry and Bloom holding Daisy Dove's tiny hand, with the singer flashing a white daisy painted on her thumbnail. Aimee Simeon, refinery29.com, "Katy Perry Announced The Birth Of Her Daughter With The Sweetest Nail Art," 27 Aug. 2020 While the Big Ten continues to pick petals off a daisy — To play football in the fall? Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "Gophers Insider: College football pushes forward while the Big Ten deliberates," 28 Aug. 2020 The supermodel, who shares her 9-year-old son Flynn with ex-husband Bloom, posted a photo holding a daisy on Instagram on August 14. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Miranda Kerr May Have Shared the Name of Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom's Daughter Weeks Ago," 28 Aug. 2020 The lost plant, a three-foot-tall daisy called Marshallia grandiflora, grew in just two western North Carolina counties and hasn’t been officially seen since 1919, according to a paper published this month in the journal Phytotaxa. John R. Platt, Scientific American, "An 'Extinction Hotspot' in Appalachia," 11 July 2020 Those florets that make up the eye of the daisy have inconspicuous petals. Washington Post, "Daisies bring a sunny look to the garden," 7 July 2020

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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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20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Daisy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daisy. Accessed 28 Nov. 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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