daisy

noun
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

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Painted in profile against a leafy background, the model, an actress known as Jane Demarsy, wears a floral pompadour dress, a cabriolet hat topped with roses and daisies and trimmed with a ruche, a dashing black scarf and long suede gloves. Washington Post, "Édouard Manet spent his final days in excruciating pain — and creating his most thrilling art," 7 June 2019 Blame economics: Instead of a massive single steam engine, diesels could be daisy-chained together and controlled from the lead engine. Tom Bentley, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Big Boy 4014 is Such a Badass Train," 13 June 2019 Brand new restaurants and lounges are popping up like daisies, food festivals fill the calendar, and a small army of celebrity chefs now holds court at Disney Springs. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Condé Nast Traveler, "Disney World Wants Its Food to Be Just As Memorable As Its Rides," 6 June 2019 The remains of a Mulberry harbor — a kind of temporary, portable harbor that was so vital to the Allied invasion — are clearly visible from nearby cliffs, covered with daisies and purple clover. NBC News, "As the world marks D-Day 75 years on, post-war alliance is in doubt," 4 June 2019 This past week at the Roc Nation's Roc da Court all-star basketball game, the musician hit the red carpet wearing a charming daisy yellow cowboy jacket and skin-tight pants embroidered with red thread and a pair of matching leather cowboy boots. Vogue, "Is Diplo the World’s Sexiest Cowboy?," 26 Apr. 2019 To attract bees and other pollinators, Saska recommends choosing flowers with a composite shape, like zinnias, cosmos, daisies, sunflowers, and purple coneflower. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Always Plant Flowers in Your Vegetable Patch," 15 Aug. 2018 Try playing it up with accessories, like daisy earrings. Hannah Miller, Seventeen, "How to Spice Up Your Prom Look For Any and Every Theme Imaginable," 27 Mar. 2019 One Girl Scout created a metal daisy sculpture in a Middletown, Conn., park. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "In Age of Mass Shootings, Boy Scout Projects Hope to Keep Schools Safe," 6 Jan. 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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daisy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of daisy

: a type of white flower that has a yellow center

daisy

noun
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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