Share this entry

Share this page

daffodil

Syllabification: daf·fo·dil
Pronunciation: /ˈdafəˌdil
 
/

Definition of daffodil in English:

noun

A bulbous plant that typically bears bright yellow flowers with a long trumpet-shaped center (corona).
Example sentences
  • Fall is the time to plant the tulips, daffodils and hyacinths that bloom in the spring.
  • The school grounds will soon be awash with bright yellow daffodils as the flowers emerge from their bulbs.
  • This daffodil produces a yellow flower with an extremely long trumpet.

Origin

mid 16th century: from late Middle English affodill, from medieval Latin affodilus, variant of Latin asphodilus (see asphodel). The initial d- is unexplained.

Definition of daffodil in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day jaunt
Pronunciation: jônt
noun
a short excursion or journey for pleasure