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jonquil Line breaks: jon|quil
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɒŋkwɪl/

Definition of jonquil in English:


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)
Example sentences
  • 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.


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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