Daffodil

Daf"fo*dil

(df"f*dl), n. [OE. affodylle, prop., the asphodel, fr. LL. affodillus (cf. D. affodille or OF. asphodile, aphodille, F. asphodle), L. asphodelus, fr. Gr. 'asfo`delos. The initial d in English is not satisfactorily explained. See Asphodel.] (Bot.) (a) A plant of the genus Asphodelus. (b) A plant of the genus Narcissus (Narcissus Pseudo-narcissus). It has a bulbous root and beautiful flowers, usually of a yellow hue. Called also daffodilly, daffadilly, daffadowndilly, daffydowndilly, etc.
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With damask roses and daffadillies set.
Spenser.
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Strow me the ground with daffadowndillies,
And cowslips, and kingcups, and loved lilies.
Spenser.
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A college gown
That clad her like an April daffodilly.
Tennyson
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And chance-sown daffodil.
Whittier.
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