daffodil
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈdæfəˌdɪl/
Adjective

daffodil

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

daffodil (plural daffodils)

  1. A bulbous plant of the genus Narcissus#Translingual|Narcissus, with yellow flowers and a trumpet shaped corona, especially Narcissus pseudonarcissus, the national flower of Wales.
    • 1610, William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale, Act IV, Scene 3,
      When daffodils begin to peer,
      With heigh! the doxy over the dale,
      Why, then comes in the sweet o’ the year;
      For the red blood reigns in the winter’s pale.
    • 1807, William Wordsworth, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” in Poems, in Two Volumes, London: Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme, Volume 2, p. 49,
      I wandered lonely as a Cloud
      That floats on high o’er Vales and Hills,
      When all at once I saw a crowd
      A host of dancing Daffodills;
      Along the Lake, beneath the trees,
      Ten thousand dancing in the breeze.
    • 1920, A. A. Milne, “Daffodils” in Not that it Matters,
      Was there ever a more beautiful name in the world than daffodil? Say it over to yourself, and then say “agapanthus” or “chrysanthemum,” or anything else you please, and tell me if the daffodils do not have it.
  2. A brilliant yellow color, like that of a daffodil.
     
    • a. 1886, Emily Dickinson, XIX, Where Ships of Purple — gently toss —
      Where Ships of Purple — gently toss —
      On Seas of Daffodil
      Fantastic Sailors — mingle —
      And then — the Wharf is still!
Translations Related terms
Daffodil
Proper noun
  1. (rare) A female given name.
    • 1995 Anne Tyler, Ladder of Years, Knopf, ISBN 0679441557, page 148:
      "Pansy would be his wife," Delia guessed.
      "Yes, and the baby's name is Daffodil, can you believe it?"
      "There's a baby?"
      "And it wasn't even a springtime baby! It was born in October!"



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