Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several chiefly tropical American bulbous plants of the genus Hippeastrum grown as ornamentals for their large, showy, funnel-shaped, variously colored flowers that are grouped in umbels.
  • n. See belladonna lily.
  • n. Any of several similar or related plants.
  • n. Used in classical pastoral poetry as a conventional name for a shepherdess.

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  • n. The Belladonna lily

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. bulbous plant having showy white to reddish flowers

Etymologies

New Latin Amaryllis, genus name, from Latin, name of a shepherdess, from Greek Amarullis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • With my office covered in amaryllis and tulips, I've been grinning all day long!

    Spring is Springing!

  • And some of the oxalis tribe yield great returns; and cyclamens are exquisite and expensive; and the amaryllis is doubly ditto, ditto; and ixias, and many more are to be grown, if you have room, money, or opportunity.

    Gardening by Myself

  • Of all flowering bulbs, the amaryllis is the easiest to force a flower.

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  • If cut flowers strike you as too ephemeral, perhaps you'd prefer giving a houseplant such as amaryllis, cyclamen, African violet, paper-white narcissus, orchid, Boston fern, florist hydrangea, hibiscus, crown of thorns Euphorbia milii or spider plant.

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  • Vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy are common signs when cats ingest plants such as amaryllis, mistletoe and holly.

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  • Plants such as amaryllis should be indoors but in an area that's well-lighted and water regularly. water regularly.

    Blisstree

  • Blooming houseplants, such as amaryllis and African violets, keep the color going long after the new year.

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  • Veterinary Pet Insurance Data Reveals Well-Intended Pet Owners Unknowingly Poisoning Their Pets photo to enlargeFlowering bulbs such as amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus could poison a person eating a quantity of bulbs.

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  • The red and white amaryllis I bought for her three days before has bloomed three times, one for each day.

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  • Pause awhile now, be kind enough to remember your own young soul like the amaryllis, as I will, when time had no beginning, nor a middle, and nowhere near an end.

    amaryllis

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

    May 21, 2012

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

    August 11, 2010