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Definition of paperwhite

: a polyanthus narcissus bearing clusters of small very fragrant pure white flowers

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Recent Examples on the Web Other perfumey flowers, including hyacinth, jasmine, gardenia, tuberose, paperwhite and lilac, are also more likely to irritate sensitive noses. Washington Post, "How to enjoy fresh flowers at home, without the sneezing and wheezing," 1 Apr. 2021 Generally, paperwhite narcissus has a musky fragrance, which some people do not enjoy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Garden Mastery: Let colorful plants be part of holiday decor bliss," 12 Dec. 2020 Your favorite nursery may have a good selection of holiday plants such as Christmas cactus, phalaenopsis orchids, paperwhite, cyclamen and amaryllis on sale now that the Christmas rush is over. Calvin Finch,, "Winter gardening issues facing San Antonio yards and what to do about them," 2 Jan. 2020 One plant that is apparently not blooming yet is paperwhite. Calvin Finch,, "What’s blooming now in February in San Antonio-area gardens," 13 Feb. 2020 There are two bulb plants that are common Christmas holiday gifts: paperwhite and amaryllis. Calvin Finch,, "How to keep your holiday plants going past Christmas," 26 Dec. 2019 Even non-gardeners enjoy forcing paperwhites to brighten holiday parties. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Bonnie Blodgett: As the inside season arrives, here are some tips to help us all get along," 2 Nov. 2019 Some narcissus, known as paperwhites, will bloom indoors without having to go through a cold period in dark storage. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Get the most out of this warm November for your lawn and garden," 7 Nov. 2019 The other plants used throughout the three houses range from lilies and azaleas to paperwhites, amaryllis, and mini-evergreens. Robert Khederian, Town & Country, "How Newport's Gilded Age Mansions Are Decorated for Christmas," 13 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of paperwhite

1806, in the meaning defined above

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10 Apr 2021

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“Paperwhite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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