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

  • n. Any of several widely cultivated bulbous plants of the genus Narcissus, having long narrow leaves and usually white or yellow flowers characterized by a cup-shaped or trumpet-shaped central crown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several bulbous flowering plants, of the genus Narcissus, having white or yellow cup- or trumpet-shaped flowers, notably the daffodil
  • n. A beautiful young man, like the mythological Greek Narcissus

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of endogenous bulbous plants with handsome flowers, having a cup-shaped crown within the six-lobed perianth, and comprising the daffodils and jonquils of several kinds.
  • n. A beautiful youth fabled to have been enamored of his own image as seen in a fountain, and to have been changed into the flower called Narcissus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant of the genus Narcissus. See cut under cyathiform.
  • n. A genus of monocotyledonous plants of the order Amaryllidaceæ and the tribe Amarylleæ, known by its undivided cup-shaped corona.
  • n. In heraldry, a flower composed of six petals, or a sort of hexafoil or architectural ornament of six lobes, used as a bearing.

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

  • n. (Greek mythology) a beautiful young man who fell in love with his own reflection
  • n. bulbous plant having erect linear leaves and showy yellow or white flowers either solitary or in clusters


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

Latin, from Greek narkissos (influenced by narkē, numbness, from its narcotic properties).

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Latin, from Ancient Greek ναρκίσσος (narkissos).



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