See also: Daffodil


A wild daffodil


Variant of Middle English affodill (ramson), from Medieval Latin affodillus, from Latin asphodelus, from Ancient Greek ἀσφόδελος (asphódelos), of Pre-Greek origin. The initial d- is perhaps from merging of the article in Dutch de affodil, the Netherlands being a source for bulbs. (Compare adder, apron, newt, nickname, orange and umpire)


  • IPA(key): /ˈdæfəˌdɪl/
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daffodil (comparative more daffodil, superlative most daffodil)

  1. Of a brilliant yellow color, like that of a daffodil.


daffodil (plural daffodils)

  1. A bulbous plant of the genus Narcissus, with yellow flowers and a trumpet shaped corona, especially Narcissus pseudonarcissus, the national flower of Wales.
  2. A brilliant yellow color, like that of a daffodil.
    • 1891, Emily Dickinson, “Where Ships of purple gently toss”, in T. W. Higginson; M. L. Todd, editors, Poems by Emily Dickinson, Second Series, Boston: Roberts Brothers, page 11:
      Where ships of purple gently toss / On seas of daffodil, / Fantastic sailors mingle, / And then—the wharf is still.


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