any of several plants (esp. genus Hippeastrum) of the lily family bearing several white, purple, pink, or red flowers on a leafless stem, including the belladonna lily
Origin of amaryllisfrom Classical Latin and Classical Greek Amaryllis, a shepherdess's name in poems by Virgil and Theocritus
- Any of several chiefly tropical American bulbous plants of the genus Hippeastrum, grown as ornamentals for their large, showy, funnel-shaped, variously colored flowers.
- See belladonna lily.
- Any of several similar or related plants.
Origin of amaryllisNew Latin Amaryllis genus name from Latin name of a shepherdess from Greek Amarullis
- The belladonna lily, Amaryllis belladonna, native to South Africa.
- A similar lily in genus Hippeastrum, such as Hippeastrum puniceum, and cultivars.
From Latin Amaryllis (“a character Virgo's Eclogues”), from Ancient Greek ἀμαρύσσω (amarussō, “I shine”)