The definition of a narcissus is a genus of bulbous plants that has white or pale flowers with an cup-shaped center.
A daffodil is an example of a narcissus.
- Gr. Myth. a beautiful youth who, after Echo's death, is made to pine away for love of his own reflection in a spring and changes into the narcissus
- pl. -·cis′sus, -·cis′suses, -·cis′si
Origin of NarcissusModL < L < Gr narkissos, ? akin to nark?, stupor (see narcotic), in reference to the plant's narcotic properties any of a genus (Narcissus) of bulbous plants of the lily family with smooth, linear leaves and six-parted flowers with a cup or tube projecting from the center, including daffodils and jonquils
Origin of NarcissusClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek Narkissos
nounpl. narcissus or nar·cis·si or nar·cis·sus·es
A daffodil, especially one with small flowers having a short, cup-shaped corona.
Origin of narcissusLatin, from Greek narkissos (influenced by nark&emacron;, numbness, from its narcotic properties).
A young man who pined away in love for his own image in a pool of water and was transformed into the flower that bears his name.
(plural narcissuses or narcissi)
- (Greek mythology) A youth who spurned the love of Echo and fell in love with his own reflection in a pool: in some versions of the myth, he drowned trying to reach it, while in others he sat fixated until a god took pity and transformed him into a flower.
- Narcissus complex
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