Definition of nerine in English:


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Pronunciation: /nɪˈrʌɪni
, nəˈriːnə


  • A bulbous South African plant with narrow strap-shaped petals that are typically crimped and twisted and appear when there are no leaves.
    • Genus Nerine, family Liliaceae (or Amaryllidaceae)
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    • There is always plenty in bloom, especially March lilies, agapanthus, nerines and blood lilies at this time of year.
    • Also for containers or sheltered, well-drained sunny spaces, the less hardy gladiolus, nerine and Belladonna lily will look exotic.
    • In horticultural practice, bud abortion, i.e. ceasing of the development of the shoot in flower bulbs, is a substantial problem in several crops, including hippeastrum, nerine and tulip.


modern Latin, from Latin, 'Nereid'.

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