Definition of amaryllis in English:


Line breaks: amar¦yl|lis
Pronunciation: /ˌaməˈrɪlɪs


  • A bulbous plant with showy trumpet-shaped flowers and strap-shaped leaves.
    • Two plants of the family Liliaceae (or Amaryllidaceae): the South African Amaryllis belladonna (also called belladonna lily), and (popularly) a tropical South American plant of the genus Hippeastrum, grown as a houseplant
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    • I also dug the amaryllis, which I plant out each summer after their winter show.
    • The two easiest bulbs to force are paper-white narcissus and amaryllis.
    • Cheryl Howie of Iowa keeps her amaryllis standing straight with a unique plant stake she made out of a Frisbee and a few wooden dowels.


modern Latin, from Latin Amaryllis (from Greek Amarullis), a name for a country girl in pastoral poetry.

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