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