from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several bulbous Eurasian plants of the genus Galanthus, having solitary, nodding white flowers that bloom in early spring.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. To steal clothing (especially women's underwear) from a clothesline.
- v. To drop food aid across a wide area from an aircraft.
- v. to transfer semen from mouth to mouth while kissing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A low herb. Galanthus nivalis, a very early wild flower of European woods, often cultivated.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. common anemone of eastern North America with solitary pink-tinged white flowers
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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