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Crocus sativus

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin crocus, from Ancient Greek κρόκος (krókos, crocus).

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crocus (plural crocuses or croci)

  1. A perennial flowering plant (of the genus Crocus in the Iridaceae family). Saffron is obtained from the stamens of Crocus sativus.
  2. Any of various similar flowering plants, such as the autumn crocus and prairie crocus.
  3. (chemistry, obsolete) A deep yellow powder, the oxide of some metal (especially iron), calcined to a red or deep yellow colour.
  4. (obsolete, slang) A fraudulent doctor; a quack.

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin crocus, from Ancient Greek κρόκος (krókos, crocus).

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NounEdit

crocus m (plural crocus)

  1. crocus (plant)

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LatinEdit

 
crocus (crocus plant)

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EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek κρόκος (krókos, crocus).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

crocus m (genitive crocī); second declension

  1. crocus, saffron

Usage notesEdit

Most often, the masculine crocus was used to refer to the plant, while the neuter crocum was used for saffron gathered from the plant. However, this distinction is not universally observed, and the word crocus may refer either to the crocus plant or to saffron taken from the plant.

InflectionEdit

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative crocus crocī
genitive crocī crocōrum
dative crocō crocīs
accusative crocum crocōs
ablative crocō crocīs
vocative croce crocī

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ReferencesEdit

  • crocus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • crocus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • crocus in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray