Definition of jonquil in English:

jonquil

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɒŋkwɪl
 
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noun

  • A narcissus with clusters of small fragrant yellow flowers and cylindrical leaves, native to southern Europe and NE Africa.
    • Narcissus jonquilla, family Liliaceae (or Amaryllidaceae)
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    • Other flowers featured in the magazine included daisies and daffodils, jonquils and jasmines, roses and ranunculus, and hundreds of others.
    • In actual fact, all daffodils and jonquils are narcissi - but only some narcissi are daffodils and only a few are jonquils.
    • Yellow is the most cheerful of all colours, which is why it is so lovely to have daffodils and jonquils in the garden.

Origin

early 17th century: from modern Latin jonquilla or French jonquille, from Spanish junquillo, diminutive of junco, from Latin juncus 'rush, reed'.

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