daffadowndilly
Daffodil Daf"fo*dil (d[a^]f"f[-o]*d[i^]l), n. [OE. affodylle, prop., the asphodel, fr. LL. affodillus (cf. D. affodille or OF. asphodile, aphodille, F. asphod[`e]le), 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. [1913 Webster]

With damask roses and daffadillies set. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Strow me the ground with daffadowndillies, And cowslips, and kingcups, and loved lilies. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

A college gown That clad her like an April daffodilly. --Tennyson [1913 Webster]

And chance-sown daffodil. --Whittier. [1913 Webster]


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  • daffadowndilly — or daffydowndilly [daf′ə doun΄dil′ē] n. pl. daffadowndillies or daffydowndillies Old Poet. a daffodil: also daffodilly or daffadilly …   English World dictionary

  • daffadowndilly — /daf euh down dil ee/, n., pl. daffadowndillies. Chiefly Brit. Dial. daffodil. Also, daffodowndilly. [1565 75; by alter.] * * * …   Universalium

  • daffadowndilly — noun daffodil …   Wiktionary

  • daffadowndilly — n. See daffadilly …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • daffadowndilly — daf·fa·down·dil·ly …   English syllables

  • daffadowndilly — noun see daffadilly …   Useful english dictionary

  • daffadilly — Daffodil Daf fo*dil (d[a^]f f[ o]*d[i^]l), n. [OE. affodylle, prop., the asphodel, fr. LL. affodillus (cf. D. affodille or OF. asphodile, aphodille, F. asphod[ e]le), L. asphodelus, fr. Gr. asfo delos. The initial d in English is not… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Daffodil — Daf fo*dil (d[a^]f f[ o]*d[i^]l), n. [OE. affodylle, prop., the asphodel, fr. LL. affodillus (cf. D. affodille or OF. asphodile, aphodille, F. asphod[ e]le), L. asphodelus, fr. Gr. asfo delos. The initial d in English is not satisfactorily… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • daffodilly — Daffodil Daf fo*dil (d[a^]f f[ o]*d[i^]l), n. [OE. affodylle, prop., the asphodel, fr. LL. affodillus (cf. D. affodille or OF. asphodile, aphodille, F. asphod[ e]le), L. asphodelus, fr. Gr. asfo delos. The initial d in English is not… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • daffydowndilly — Daffodil Daf fo*dil (d[a^]f f[ o]*d[i^]l), n. [OE. affodylle, prop., the asphodel, fr. LL. affodillus (cf. D. affodille or OF. asphodile, aphodille, F. asphod[ e]le), L. asphodelus, fr. Gr. asfo delos. The initial d in English is not… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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