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narcissus1

Syllabification: nar·cis·sus
Pronunciation: /närˈsisəs
 
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noun (plural same, narcissi /-ˈsisī, -sē/, or narcissuses)

A bulbous Eurasian plant of a genus that includes the daffodil, especially (in gardening) one with flowers that have white or pale outer petals and a shallow orange or yellow cup in the center.
  • Genus Narcissus, family Liliaceae (or Amaryllidaceae): many species and varieties, in particular N. poeticus
Example sentences
  • Garden centres are supplied with spring flowering bulbs of daffodils, hyacinths, narcissus, tulips and crocus, but let's not stop there.
  • The tulip is followed in popularity by the daffodil and other narcissi, the gladiolus, the lily and the crocus.
  • It is the season to plant flowering bulbs such as tulips, narcissi, crocuses and hyacinths.

Origin

via Latin from Greek narkissos, perhaps from narkē 'numbness', with reference to its narcotic effects.

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  • The flower narcissus, a kind of daffodil, takes its name from a handsome youth in Greek mythology. Narcissus fell so deeply in love with his own reflection in a pool that he pined away and died, but the narcissus flower sprang up at the spot. Narcissism, ‘excessive admiration of your own physical appearance’, comes from the infatuation of Narcissus with his own beauty, and seems to have been invented by the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1822. As a technical term in psychology it is particularly associated with the theories of the psychotherapist Sigmund Freud. The source of narcissus is not known, and it is probable that the Greeks borrowed it from an earlier language, but in the past it was associated with Greek narkoun ‘to make numb’ source of narcotic (Late Middle English). See also echo

Words that rhyme with narcissus

CroesusEphesus

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There are 2 main definitions of narcissus in English:

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Narcissus2

Syllabification: Nar·cis·sus
Pronunciation: /närˈsisəs
 
/
Greek Mythology
A beautiful youth who rejected the nymph Echo and fell in love with his own reflection in a pool. He pined away and was changed into the flower that bears his name.

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