Narcissus
Narcissus Nar*cis"sus (n[aum]r*s[i^]s"s[u^]s), n.; pl. {Narcissuses}. [L. narcissus, and (personified) Narcissus, Gr. na`rkissos, Na`rkissos, fr. na`rkh torpor, in allusion to the narcotic properties of the flower. Cf. {Narcotic}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) A genus of endogenous bulbous plants with handsome flowers, having a cup-shaped crown within the six-lobed perianth, and comprising the daffodils and jonquils of several kinds. [1913 Webster]

2. (Classical Myth.) (Capitalized)A beautiful youth fabled to have been enamored of his own image as seen in a fountain, and to have been changed into the flower called Narcissus. [1913 Webster]


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  • Narcissus — [när sis′əs] n. [L < Gr Narkissos] 1. Gr. Myth. a beautiful youth who, after Echo s death, is made to pine away for love of his own reflection in a spring and changes into the narcissus 2. pl. narcissus, narcissuses, narcissi [när sis′ī] [ModL …   English World dictionary

  • Narcissus — m Latin form of the Greek name Narkissos. In classical mythology, Narcissus was a beautiful youth who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water and remained there transfixed until he faded away and turned into a flower. The legend… …   First names dictionary

  • narcissus — (n.) type of bulbous flowering plant, 1540s, from L. narcissus, from Gk. narkissos the narcissus, perhaps from a pre Greek Aegean word, but associated with Gk. narke numbness (see NARCOTIC (Cf. narcotic)) because of the sedative effect of the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Narcissus — in Greek ↑mythology, a beautiful young man who fell in love with his own ↑reflection when he saw his face in a pool of water. Because he became very unhappy as a result, he gradually became so weak that he died. A flower grew up in the place… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Narcissus — L., Narzisse, Pflanzengattg. der Amaryllidazeen, Zwiebelgewächse mit großen, lebhaft gefärbten Blüten im mittlern Europa und in den Mittelmeerländern. Viele Arten Gartenzierpflanzen: N. poëtĭcus L. (echte Narzisse [Abb. 1226]), mit weißen Blüten …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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  • Narcissus — myth., des Cephissus und der Nymphe Liriope Sohn, sah sich in der nach ihm benannten Quelle bei Thespiä u. der schöne Jüngling verliebte sich in sich selbst; er verzehrte sich in seiner unerwiederten Leidenschaft, so daß ihn die Götter in die… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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