jonquil

noun
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

Examples of jonquil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the South, daffodils are sometimes known as jonquils, because the jonquil was the one type of daffodil that could reliably grow in a climate with milder winters and hotter summers. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2021 Druse recommends 13 scented jonquil varieties, including Baby Moon, Pipit, Suzy and Sailboat. Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2019 The yellow jonquil has a center trumpet surrounded by slender leaves that brings to mind a cup and saucer. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2019 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, 18 June 2019 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, 18 June 2019 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, 18 June 2019 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, 18 June 2019 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, 18 June 2019 See More

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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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“Jonquil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jonquil. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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jonquil

noun
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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