- any of a genus (Asphodeline) of plants of the lily family, having fleshy roots, narrow leaves, and white or yellow, lilylike flowers; esp. the classic flower of death (A. lutea)
- any of a similar genus (Asphodelus) of plants of the lily family, having leafless flower stems
Origin of asphodelfrom Modern Latin from Classical Latin asphodelus from Classical Greek asphodelos
- a. Any of several chiefly Mediterranean plants of the genera Asphodeline and Asphodelus, having linear leaves and elongate clusters of white, pink, or yellow flowers.b. Any of several other plants, such as the bog asphodel.
- In Greek poetry and mythology, the flowers of Hades and the dead, sacred to Persephone.
- In early English and French poetry, the daffodil.
Origin of asphodelLatin asphodelus from Greek asphodelos
(usually uncountable, plural asphodels)
- (botany) Flowering plants of the Asphodelaceae family, especially Asphodelus ramosus and Asphodelus albus; the flowers of these plants.
- (mythology) The flower said to carpet Hades, and a favorite food of the dead.
From Ancient Greek ἀσφόδελος (asphodelos).