Origin of ensiformfrom Classical Latin ensis, sword ( from Indo-European an unverified form nsi-s from source Sanskrit así-) + -form
Shaped like a sword, as the leaf of an iris.
Origin of ensiformLatin ēnsis sword -form
Latin ensis (“sword”) + -form
- Tofieldia, an arctic and alpine genus of small herbs with a slender scape springing from a tuft of narrow ensiform leaves and bearing a raceme of small green flowers; Narthecium (bog-asphodel), herbs with a habit similar to Tofieldia, but with larger golden-yellow flowers; and Colchicum, a genus with about 30 species including b the meadow saffron or autumn crocus (C. autumnale).