Crocus definition

krōkəs
A grayish to light reddish purple.
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Any of a large genus (Crocus) of spring-blooming plants of the iris family, with fleshy corms and a yellow, purple, or white flower.
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An orange-yellow color; saffron.
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A coarse, loosely woven material like burlap, once used to make sacks for shipping saffron.
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Any of various perennial Eurasian herbs of the genus Crocus, having grasslike leaves and showy, variously colored flowers.
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A dark red powdered variety of iron oxide, Fe2 O3 , used as an abrasive for polishing.
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Any of several other plants, such as the autumn crocus.
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Powdered iron oxide used for polishing.
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A perennial flowering plant (of the genus Crocus in the Iridaceae family). Saffron is obtained from the stamens of Crocus sativus.
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Any of various similar flowering plants, such as the autumn crocus and prairie crocus.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Iridaceae — the crocuses, native to temperate Eurasia and North Africa.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
crocus
Plural:
croci, crocuses

Origin of crocus

  • Middle English saffron from Old French from Latin from Greek krokos perhaps from a source akin to Arabic kurkum saffron

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

  • From Ancient Greek κρόκος (krokos, “saffron”). Named by botanist Carl von Linnaeus (1707-1778).

    From Wiktionary

  • Through Latin crocus, from Ancient Greek κρόκος (krokos, “crocus”).

    From Wiktionary