from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several chiefly tropical American bulbous plants of the genus Hippeastrum, grown as ornamentals for their large, showy, funnel-shaped, variously colored flowers.
  • noun Any of several similar or related plants.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of bulbous plants, natural order Amaryllidaceœ, with large, bright-colored, lilyshaped flowers upon a stout scape.
  • noun [lowercase] A plant of this genus.
  • noun 3. In zoology, a genus of crustaceans.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A pastoral sweetheart.
  • noun A family of plants much esteemed for their beauty, including the narcissus, jonquil, daffodil, agave, and others.
  • noun A genus of the same family, including the Belladonna lily.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The Belladonna lily

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun bulbous plant having showy white to reddish flowers


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin Amaryllis, genus name, from Latin, name of a shepherdess, from Greek Amarullis.]


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  • "Through this bar wafts a languorous aroma of amaryllis." Gilbert Adair translation of Georges Perec's La Disparition

    August 11, 2010

  • "Used in classical pastoral poetry as a conventional name for a shepherdess." --AHD

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