American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several bulbous Eurasian plants of the genus Galanthus, having solitary, nodding white flowers that bloom in early spring.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A low herb. Galanthus nivalis, a very early wild flower of European woods, often cultivated. The name is also applied, in an extended sense, to the genus. G. plicatus, the Crimean snowdrop, is larger, with broader plicate leaves. See
- n. Any of the 20 species of the genus Galanthus of the Amaryllidaceae, bulbous flowering plants, bearing a solitary, pendulous, white, bell-shaped flower that appears at the end of winter.
- v. Australia, slang To steal clothing (especially women's underwear) from a clothesline.
- v. To drop food aid across a wide area from an aircraft.
- v. sexual slang to transfer semen from mouth to mouth while kissing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A bulbous plant (Galanthus nivalis) bearing white flowers, which often appear while the snow is on the ground. It is cultivated in gardens for its beauty.
- n. common anemone of eastern North America with solitary pink-tinged white flowers
- From snow + drop. (Wiktionary)
“All the flowers are awesome, but the snowdrop is my favourite of all–simple, complex, fragrant and happy.”
“Botanists disagree on whether the snowdrop is a native British plant or an ornamental flower which was brought in and has now become naturalised.”
“The "snowdrop" of the title is a body that is discovered after the thaws: the idea being that in Russia, you can't take surfaces for granted; nor, the narrator explains in a letter to his fiancée, can he be taken for granted either.”
“A "snowdrop" is a corpse that lies buried or hidden in the snow until the thaw; also, in my book, a metaphor for dark, close and ultimately inescapable truths that the narrator, a drifting thirtysomething English lawyer, would prefer not to think about.”
“Many of the little snowdrop shoots are already two or three inches tall, some showing bud.”
“Identifying new cultivars of snowdrop takes an expert eye.”
“We are planning to go to Strathardle tomorrow for snowdrop-and-strawberry planting.”
“I had stayed up all night forgetting: my parents are alive, my brother's girlfriend isn't round, my skin is snowdrop white besides a few brown freckles.”
“The snowdrop crazies are crazy, and they love the smallest difference," Mr. Lyman says.”
“On a February trip to England a few years ago, Downingtown, Pa., horticulturist and snowdrop collector David L. Culp came across a snowdrop with slight yellow markings instead of the typical green ones.”
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