Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various bulbous plants of the genus Narcissus, especially N. pseudonarcissus, having showy, usually yellow flowers with a trumpet-shaped central corona.
  • n. The flower of this plant.
  • n. A brilliant to vivid yellow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of a brilliant yellow color, like that of a daffodil.
  • n. A bulbous plant, Narcissus pseudonarcissus, with yellow flowers and a trumpet shaped corona; the national flower of Wales.
  • n. A brilliant yellow color, like that of a daffodil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant of the genus Asphodelus.
  • n. A plant of the genus Narcissus (Narcissus Pseudo-narcissus). It has a bulbous root and beautiful flowers, usually of a yellow hue. Called also daffodilly, daffadilly, daffadowndilly, daffydowndilly, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The popular name of the Narcissus Pseudo-Narcissus, natural order Amaryllidace├Ž, of which there are many varieties in cultivation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of numerous varieties of Narcissus plants having showy often yellow flowers with a trumpet-shaped central crown

Etymologies

Alteration of Middle English affodil, from Latin asphodelus, asphodel; see asphodel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ultimately from Latin asphodelus. (Wiktionary)

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  • For oft, when on my couch I lie,
    In vacant or in pensive mood,
    They flash upon that inward eye
    Which is the bliss of solitude;
    And then my hear with pleasure fills,
    And dances with the daffodils.

    - William Wordsworth, 'Daffodils'.

    November 12, 2008

  • 1855 TENNYSON Maud I. XXII. ii, On a bed of daffodil sky.

    March 1, 2008

  • Botanical name "Narcissus". Sometimes playfully called "Daffa-down-dilly", and mentioned as such in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.

    February 17, 2008

  • Ah! A lid off a daffodil, aha! For more see my list:"Dyslexic's Delight".

    December 30, 2006