snow·​drop | \ ˈsnō-ˌdräp How to pronounce snowdrop (audio) \

Definition of snowdrop

: a bulbous European herb (Galanthus nivalis) of the amaryllis family bearing nodding white flowers that often appear while the snow is on the ground

Examples of snowdrop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The giant snowdrop, Galanthus elwesii, blooms in February. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2021 Such precise evaluation has turned snowdrop fanciers into botanists. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2021 One trait that has attracted some breeders is the creation of a spiky-petaled flower that, to my eye, is unrecognizable as a snowdrop. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2021 Daffodil, snowdrops, crocus and myrtle flowers bear witness to the former human residents of lands now belonging to the parks. cleveland, 27 Mar. 2020 At Moscow State University’s Apothecary Garden, primrose, rhododendron and snowdrops are among the plants that have blossomed prematurely. Washington Post, 24 Dec. 2019 In winter, most gardeners’ thoughts turn to spring and the new crocuses, daffodils, irises, snowdrops and tulips that will be pushing up through the earth and blooming. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Dec. 2019 The obvious companion to winter aconites is the snowdrop. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 4 Sep. 2019 For flowers in spring, plant some of the more shade-tolerant spring-flowering bulbs, such as early daffodils, Siberian squill, snowdrops and grape hyacinths, among your ground cover plants. Beth Botts,, 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of snowdrop

1664, in the meaning defined above

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“Snowdrop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of snowdrop

: a small white flower that blooms in early spring

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