snow·​drop ˈsnō-ˌdräp How to pronounce snowdrop (audio)
: 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 This spring Lady Bamford, who is the founder of Daylesford Organic, a popular British lifestyle brand, hosted various lunches with themes inspired by plants grown on the estate like snowdrops and tulips. Plum Sykes, New York Times, 14 May 2024 To start with, the snowdrops) in my home driveway garden (Galanthus nivalis) are now in full bloom— yes — in January! Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 2 Feb. 2024 Crocuses, hyacinths, and snowdrops are the first to burst from the thawing ground. Katelyn Chef, Southern Living, 9 Feb. 2024 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 Think hydrangeas in deco pots and blooming bulbs like tulips, daffodils, and snowdrops everywhere. Mackenzie Nichols, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Aug. 2023 Plant snowdrops in the fall for late-winter flowers that offer the promise of spring. Arricca Elin Sansone, ELLE Decor, 23 Aug. 2023 These white flowers are sometimes referred to as snowdrops due to their color and shape. Ashley Martens, Redbook, 16 Aug. 2023 Spring-flowering bulbs such as winter aconites, snowdrops, and grape hyacinths come back for many years. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 31 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snowdrop was in 1664

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“Snowdrop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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snow·​drop -ˌdräp How to pronounce snowdrop (audio)
: a European plant that is related to the amaryllises and produces nodding white flowers that often appear while snow is still on the ground

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