from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various perennial Eurasian herbs of the genus Crocus, having grasslike leaves and showy, variously colored flowers.
- n. Any of several other plants, such as the autumn crocus.
- n. A grayish to light reddish purple.
- n. A dark red powdered variety of iron oxide, Fe2O3, used as an abrasive for polishing.
- n. A coarse, loosely woven material like burlap, once used to make sacks for shipping saffron. See Regional Note at gunnysack.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A perennial flowering plant (of the genus Crocus in the Iridaceae family). Saffron is obtained from the stamens of Crocus sativus.
- n. Any of various similar flowering plants, such as the autumn crocus and prairie crocus.
- n. A deep yellow powder, the oxide of some metal (especially iron), calcined to a red or deep yellow colour.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of iridaceous plants, with pretty blossoms rising separately from the bulb or corm. Crocus vernus is one of the earliest of spring-blooming flowers; Crocus sativus produces the saffron, and blossoms in the autumn.
- n. A deep yellow powder; the oxide of some metal calcined to a red or deep yellow color; esp., the oxide of iron (Crocus of Mars or colcothar) thus produced from salts of iron, and used as a polishing powder.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Crocus.
- n. A genus of beautiful iridaceous plants, consisting of many hardy species, some of which are among the commonest ornaments of gardens.
- n. Saffron, obtained from plants of the genus Crocus. See saffron.
- n. A polishing-powder prepared from crystals of sulphate of iron, calcined in crucibles.
- n. In old chem., a yellowish or reddish impure oxid of some of the metals: as, crocus antimonii or crocus metallorum, an impure oxid of antimony obtained by deflagration of natural sulphid of antimony with saltpeter; crocus Martis, oxid of iron left on heating sulphate of iron to redness in the air; crocus Veneris, red oxid of copper obtained by heating copper in the air.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of numerous low-growing plants of the genus Crocus having slender grasslike leaves and white or yellow or purple flowers; native chiefly to the Mediterranean region but widely cultivated
Saffron crocus is grown in the fields of Pampore, and in the autumn, the land is carpeted by the pale lavender flowers open to the sky.
Of course, the idea of crocus in January tickles a Michigan gardener is very very optimistic OK, an impossible dream, but we understand and envy your warmer climate!
Of the spring bulbs, the crocus are the earliest here.
The crocus are a surprise, the squirrels usually dig them up, but the thyme has covered them over, I think it protects them from those devils.
They are fond of the crocus, which is the earliest of our bulbous roots.
Though science lay me by the heels, I'll assert that the crocus, which is a pioneer on the windy borderland of March, would not show its head except on the sounding of the hurdy-gurdy.
The world's most expensive spice is the dried stigmas of the saffron crocus, which is native to Asia Minor.
Tridacnid calms such as crocus calm Tridacna crosea, giant clam T. gigas (VU), scaly calm T. squamosa (LR) and horse's hoof (Bear paw) clam Hippopus hippopus (LR) are found in some parts of the lagoon.
We therefore collected the silver, piece by piece, secreting it in "crocus" bags, which, when all was ready, we deposited in a capacious carry-all, into which we crowded.
Then place the smallest bulbs such as crocus or snowdrops in the last layer and cover these 1-inch tall bulbs with at least 3 inches of soil.