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 Daffodil, snowdrops, crocus and myrtle flowers bear witness to the former human residents of lands now belonging to the parks. cleveland, "Cleveland Metroparks remain open as signs of spring welcome visitors," 27 Mar. 2020 At Moscow State University’s Apothecary Garden, primrose, rhododendron and snowdrops are among the plants that have blossomed prematurely. Washington Post, "Russia’s warm winter has deprived Moscow of snow, caused plants to bloom and waked bears out of hibernation," 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, "Wisconsin botanical gardens and arboretums are a tropical escape in winter," 27 Dec. 2019 The obvious companion to winter aconites is the snowdrop. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "As summer’s heat wanes, it’s time to plan (and plant) for late-winter beauty," 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,, "Ditch the grass — here are some better ground covering options for those shady spots under trees," 28 Aug. 2019 Consider Scillas, Squills, grape hyacinths and Galantuhus or snowdrops. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s almost time to plant spring bulbs: Tulips, daffodils and ... garlic?," 15 Aug. 2019 Other perennials, bulbs and ground covers: Bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis); sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum); snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis); hellebore (Helleborus); barrenwort (Epimedium); daylily (Hemerocallis); daffodil (Narcissus). Beth Botts,, "Many plants die when grown near black walnut trees. These are the ones that survive.," 20 June 2018 Her garden, with her childhood home in the middle of it, is a place of native azaleas and beech trees, of snowdrops and water oaks. Birmingham Magazine,, "Birmingham magazine's top pop culture picks for April," 17 Apr. 2018

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1664, in the meaning defined above

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“Snowdrop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of snowdrop

: a small white flower that blooms in early spring

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