nar·​cis·​sus när-ˈsi-səs How to pronounce narcissus (audio)
capitalized : a beautiful youth in Greek mythology who pines away for love of his own reflection and is then turned into the narcissus flower
plural narcissi när-ˈsi-ˌsī How to pronounce narcissus (audio)
or narcissuses or narcissus : 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 On the west wall, a reclaimed bakery shelf holds ceramic pots and wooden bowls of snowdrop and narcissus bulbs. Aimee Farrell Emli Bendixen, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2023 Are both tulips and narcissus showing the same symptoms? oregonlive, 18 Mar. 2023 In the heart of this fragrance are white lily, marigold and narcissus. Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, December has two birth flowers: holly (good for Christmas decorations, but birthdays not so much) and the paperwhite narcissus. Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2022 Canary yellow narcissus Baby Moon daffodils had started pushing up through the soil. Betsy Vereckey, Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2022 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

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Word History


Latin, from Greek Nárkissos, probably so named after the flower; (sense 2) borrowed from New Latin, genus name, going back to Latin, "plant of the genus Narcissus," borrowed from Greek nárkissos, of pre-Greek substratal origin

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of narcissus was before the 12th century

Cite this Entry

“Narcissus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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nar·​cis·​sus när-ˈsis-əs How to pronounce narcissus (audio)
plural narcissi -ˈsis-ˌī How to pronounce narcissus (audio)
or narcissuses or narcissus
: daffodil
especially : one whose flowers have a short tube and grow separately on the stalk

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