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

  • n. Any of several widely cultivated bulbous plants of the genus Narcissus, having long narrow leaves and usually white or yellow flowers characterized by a cup-shaped or trumpet-shaped central crown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several bulbous flowering plants, of the genus Narcissus, having white or yellow cup- or trumpet-shaped flowers, notably the daffodil
  • n. A beautiful young man, like the mythological Greek Narcissus

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of endogenous bulbous plants with handsome flowers, having a cup-shaped crown within the six-lobed perianth, and comprising the daffodils and jonquils of several kinds.
  • n. A beautiful youth fabled to have been enamored of his own image as seen in a fountain, and to have been changed into the flower called Narcissus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant of the genus Narcissus. See cut under cyathiform.
  • n. A genus of monocotyledonous plants of the order Amaryllidaceæ and the tribe Amarylleæ, known by its undivided cup-shaped corona.
  • n. In heraldry, a flower composed of six petals, or a sort of hexafoil or architectural ornament of six lobes, used as a bearing.

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

  • n. (Greek mythology) a beautiful young man who fell in love with his own reflection
  • n. bulbous plant having erect linear leaves and showy yellow or white flowers either solitary or in clusters


Latin, from Greek narkissos (influenced by narkē, numbness, from its narcotic properties).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin, from Ancient Greek ναρκίσσος (narkissos). (Wiktionary)



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