jonquil
noun Etymology: French jonquille, from Spanish junquillo, diminutive of junco reed, from Latin juncus Date: 1664 a Mediterranean perennial bulbous herb (Narcissus jonquilla) of the amaryllis family with long linear leaves that is widely cultivated for its yellow or white fragrant short-tubed clustered flowers — compare daffodil

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  • Jonquil — may refer to:* Jonquil (genus), a genus of mainly hardy, mostly spring flowering, bulbs * USS Jonquil (1863), a warship …   Wikipedia

  • Jonquil — Jon quil, Jonquille Jon quille, n. [F. jonquille, fr. L. juncus a rush, because it has rushlike leaves.] (Bot.) A bulbous plant of the genus {Narcissus} ({Narcissus Jonquilla}), allied to the daffodil. It has long, rushlike leaves, and yellow or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jonquil — f English: from the name of the flower, which was taken into English from French jonquille (a diminutive of Spanish junco, Latin juncus reed). This is one of the latest and rarest of the flower names, which enjoyed a brief vogue during the 1940s… …   First names dictionary

  • jonquil — (n.) 1660s, species of narcissus, from Fr. jonquille (17c.), from Sp. junquillo, dim. of junco rush, reed, from L. iuncus rush; so called in reference to its leaves. The type of canary bird (1865) is so called for its pale yellow color, which is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • jonquil — [jäŋ′kwil, jän′kwil] n. [Fr jonquille < Sp junquillo, dim. of junco, a reed < L juncus, a rush < IE base * yoini , rush > MIr ain, rush, ON einir, juniper] 1. a) a species of narcissus (Narcissus jonquilla) having relatively small… …   English World dictionary

  • jonquil — žonkilinis narcizas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Amarilinių šeimos augalas (Narcissus jonquilla), iš kurio gaunamas eterinis aliejus. atitikmenys: lot. Narcissus jonquilla angl. common jonquil; jonquil vok. Jonquille rus. нарцисс… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • jonquil — /jong kwil, jon /, n. a narcissus, Narcissus jonquilla, having long, narrow, rushlike leaves and fragrant, yellow or white flowers. [1620 30; < F jonquille < Sp junquillo, equiv. to junc(o) rush, reed ( < L juncus) + illo dim. suffix] * * *… …   Universalium

  • jonquil — noun /ˈdʒɑŋkwəl/ a) A fragrant bulb flower (Narcissus jonquilla). b) A species of daffodil …   Wiktionary

  • jonquil —  Species of narcissus …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • jonquil — n. narcissus having long narrow leaves and white or yellow flowers …   English contemporary dictionary

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