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Definition of paperwhite

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

Examples of paperwhite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web North Florida residents have good luck getting fragrant paperwhite narcissuses to bloom year after year during the winter months. Tom Maccubbin,, 11 Dec. 2021 Other perfumey flowers, including hyacinth, jasmine, gardenia, tuberose, paperwhite and lilac, are also more likely to irritate sensitive noses. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2021 Generally, paperwhite narcissus has a musky fragrance, which some people do not enjoy. San Diego Union-Tribune, 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,, 2 Jan. 2020 One plant that is apparently not blooming yet is paperwhite. Calvin Finch,, 13 Feb. 2020 There are two bulb plants that are common Christmas holiday gifts: paperwhite and amaryllis. Calvin Finch,, 26 Dec. 2019 Even non-gardeners enjoy forcing paperwhites to brighten holiday parties. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, 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, 7 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of paperwhite

1806, in the meaning defined above

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“Paperwhite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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