jon·​quil | \ ˈjän-kwəl How to pronounce jonquil (audio) , ˈjäŋ-\

Definition of jonquil

: a Mediterranean daffodil (Narcissus jonquilla) that is widely cultivated for its yellow or white fragrant short-tubed clustered flowers

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Inspired by his favorite spring flowers, creator Christopher Brosius designed this fragrance with the essences of hyacinth, daffodil, crocus, and tulip, and the absolutes of narcissus and jonquil. Evelyn Crowley, Vogue, "Why Fragrance Water Is the Perfume World’s New Obsession," 11 Aug. 2018 Resplendent in a jonquil yellow coat and hat, she was accompanied by her son, Andrew, daughter Anne, and Lord Vestey, Master of the Horse to the Royal Household. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "What It's Really Like to Attend Royal Ascot," 20 June 2018 The Angel Gabriel has extravagant curls — a Leonardo trademark — and the jonquils in the garden where Gabriel kneels are botanically precise. Cate Mcquaid,, "Did Leonardo da Vinci have a hand in a Worcester Art Museum painting?," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of jonquil

1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jonquil

French jonquille, from Spanish junquillo, diminutive of junco reed, from Latin juncus

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jon·​quil | \ ˈjän-kwəl How to pronounce jonquil (audio) , ˈjäŋ-\

Kids Definition of jonquil

: a plant related to the daffodil but with fragrant yellow or white flowers with a short central tube

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