Definition of crocus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrəʊkəs/

noun (plural crocuses or croci /ˈkrəʊkʌɪ/ /ˈkrəʊkiː/)

A small spring-flowering Eurasian plant of the iris family, which grows from a corm and bears bright yellow, purple, or white flowers. See also autumn crocus.
  • Genus Crocus, family Iridaceae.
Example sentences
  • Indulge yourself - or treat a friend - with instant plantings of colorful tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses, Iris reticulata and other spring flowers.
  • Your hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and grape-hyacinths can be saved for planting in the garden.
  • Spring-flowering bulbs such as tulips, crocuses, hyacinths, daffodils, and irises are universal symbols of spring.


Late Middle English (also denoting saffron, obtained from a species of crocus): via Latin from Greek krokos, of Semitic origin and related to Hebrew karkōm and Arabic kurkum.

Words that rhyme with crocus

Archilochus, Cocos, focus, hocus, hocus-pocus, locus

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