nar·​cis·​sus | \ när-ˈsi-səs How to pronounce narcissus (audio) \

Definition of narcissus

1 capitalized : a beautiful youth in Greek mythology who pines away for love of his own reflection and is then turned into the narcissus flower
2 plural narcissi\ när-​ˈsi-​ˌsī How to pronounce narcissus (audio) , -​(ˌ)sē \ or narcissuses or narcissus [New Latin, genus name, from Latin, narcissus, from Greek narkissos] : daffodil especially : one whose flowers have a short corona and are usually borne separately

Examples of narcissus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Funny how two yellow narcissus, a hummingbird and a cerulean sky will put you in a good mood. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Mar. 2021 Finish planting spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils, Dutch irises, narcissus or lilies by early December. Dan Gill,, 25 Nov. 2020 Hitachi also has the most narcissus plants and varieties in Japan, with about 1 million daffodils blooming from late March to mid-April every year. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Apr. 2020 Gorgeous varieties of daffodils or narcissus, from neon orange to butter yellow to lemon chiffon. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, 27 Apr. 2020 My favorites include amaryllis, hyacinth and narcissus. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2019 Paperwhites belong to a class of narcissus named Tazetta; fragrant garden varieties include Avalanche, Geranium and Minnow. Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2019 With its sensual bouquet of crisp pear, Egyptian jasmine, sweet narcissus, and musky patchouli and moss, Stone prefers to mist it on after dark. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 12 Nov. 2019 Daffodils, also called narcissus, grow in USDA Hardiness zones 3 to 8 (check your zone here). Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 28 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of narcissus

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for narcissus

Latin, from Greek Narkissos

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nar·​cis·​sus | \ när-ˈsi-səs How to pronounce narcissus (audio) \
plural narcissus or narcissuses or narcissi\ -​ˈsi-​ˌsī , -​sē \

Kids Definition of narcissus

: a daffodil with flowers that have short trumpet-shaped tubes

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