noun, plural nar·cis·sus, nar·cis·sus·es, nar·cis·si [nahr-sis-ee, –sis-ahy] /nɑrˈsɪs i, -ˈsɪs aɪ/ for 1, 2.
- any bulbous plant belonging to the genus Narcissus, of the amaryllis family, having showy yellow or white flowers with a cup-shaped corona.
- the flower of any of these plants.
- (initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. a youth who fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool and wasted away from unsatisfied desire, whereupon he was transformed into the flower.
noun plural -cissuses or -cissi (-ˈsɪsaɪ, -ˈsɪsiː)
- any amaryllidaceous plant of the Eurasian genus Narcissus, esp N. poeticus, whose yellow, orange, or white flowers have a crown surrounded by spreading segments
- Greek myth a beautiful youth who fell in love with his reflection in a pool and pined away, becoming the flower that bears his name
n.type of bulbous flowering plant, 1540s, from Latin narcissus, from Greek narkissos “the narcissus,” perhaps from a pre-Greek Aegean word, but associated with Greek narke “numbness” (see narcotic) because of the sedative effect of the alkaloids in the plant. A beautiful youth in classical mythology who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool. Because he was unable to tear himself away from the image, he wasted away and died.