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

  • noun Any of several plants of the composite family, especially.
  • noun A widely naturalized Eurasian plant (Leucanthemum vulgare syn. Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) having flower heads with a yellow center and white rays.
  • noun A low-growing plant (Bellis perennis) native to Europe and widely naturalized, having flower heads with white or pinkish rays.
  • noun The flower head of any of these plants.
  • noun Slang One that is deemed excellent or notable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A kind of sea-anemone, Actinia bellis.
  • noun A common plant, Bellis perennis, natural order Compositæ, one of the most familiar wild plants of Europe, found in all pastures and meadows, and growing at a considerable height on mountains.
  • noun One of various plants of other genera to which the name is popularly applied.
  • noun Something pretty, fine, charming, or nice: as, she is a daisy.
  • Pretty; fine; charming; nice.

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

  • noun A genus of low herbs (Bellis), belonging to the family Compositæ. The common English and classical daisy is Bellis perennis, which has a yellow disk and white or pinkish rays.
  • noun The whiteweed (Chrysanthemum Leucanthemum), the plant commonly called daisy in North America; -- called also oxeye daisy. See whiteweed.
  • noun (Bot.) any plant of the genus Aster, of which there are many species.
  • noun (Bot.) the whiteweed. See Daisy (b).

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

  • noun A wild flowering plant Bellis perennis of the Asteraceae family, with a yellow head and white petals
  • noun Many other flowering plants of various species.
  • noun Cockney rhyming slang boots or other footwear. From daisy roots.

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

  • noun any of numerous composite plants having flower heads with well-developed ray flowers usually arranged in a single whorl


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

[Middle English daisie, from Old English dæges ēage : dæges, genitive of dæg, day; see agh- in Indo-European roots + ēage, eye; see okw- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English dæġes ēaġe ("day's eye") due to the flowers closing their blossoms during night.


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