Asphodel definition

ăsfə-dĕl
In Greek poetry and mythology, the flowers of Hades and the dead, sacred to Persephone.
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In early English and French poetry, the daffodil.
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Any of several chiefly Mediterranean plants of the genera Asphodeline and Asphodelus, having linear leaves and elongate clusters of white, pink, or yellow flowers.
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Any of several other plants, such as the bog asphodel.
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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)
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Any of a similar genus (Asphodelus) of plants of the lily family, having leafless flower stems.
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(botany) Flowering plants of the Asphodelaceae family, especially Asphodelus ramosus and Asphodelus albus; the flowers of these plants.
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(mythology) The flower said to carpet Hades, and a favorite food of the dead.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
asphodel
Plural:
asphodels

Origin of asphodel

  • Latin asphodelus from Greek asphodelos

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ἀσφόδελος (asphodelos).

    From Wiktionary