asphodel

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From Ancient Greek ἀσφόδελος (asphódelos). Doublet of daffodil.

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asphodel (usually uncountable, plural asphodels)

  1. Flowering plants of the family Asphodelaceae, especially Asphodelus ramosus and Asphodelus albus; the flowers of these plants.
  2. (Greek mythology) The flower said to carpet Hades, and a favorite food of the dead.
    • 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 9:
      Her hand he seis'd, and to a shadie bank,
      Thick overhead with verdant roof imbowr'd
      He led her nothing loath; Flours were the Couch,
      Pansies, and Violets, and Asphodel,
      And Hyacinth, Earths freshest softest lap.

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