asphodel


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  1. any of various southern European plants of the genera Asphodelus and Asphodeline, of the lily family, having white, pink, or yellow flowers in elongated clusters.
  2. any of various other plants, as the daffodil.

noun

  1. any of various S European liliaceous plants of the genera Asphodelus and Asphodeline, having clusters of white or yellow flowersCompare bog asphodel
  2. any of various other plants, such as the daffodil
  3. an unidentified flower of Greek legend, probably a narcissus, said to cover the Elysian fields
n.

late 14c., from Latin asphodelus, from Greek asphodelos “asphodel, king’s spear,” of unknown origin (see daffodil). Taken in poetic use for a mythical deathless flower that overspreads the Elysian meadows.

To embathe In nectared lavers strewed with asphodel. [Milton, “Comus,” 1634]

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