noun (plural -anthuses; also polyanthi) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek polyanthos blooming, from poly- + anthos flower — more at anthology Date: circa 1727 1. any of various hybrid primroses 2. a narcissus (Narcissus tazetta) having small white or yellow flowers arranged in umbels and having a spreading perianth

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  • Polyanthus — is a name used to describe several things in botany: *Polyanthus, a common name for members of the genus Primula (primrose) * Polyanthus (genus), a genus of bamboo found in China * Polyanthus (racehorse), a horse which took part in the 1836 Great …   Wikipedia

  • Polyanthus — Pol y*an thus (p[o^]l [i^]*[a^]n th[u^]s), n.; pl. {Polyanthuses}. [NL., fr. Gr. poly anqos rich in flowers; poly s many + a nqos flower.] [Written also {polyanthos}.] (Bot.) (a) The oxlip. So called because the peduncle bears a many flowered… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • POLYANTHUS — Cyrenaeva, librum reliquit de ortu Asclepiadarum. Sext. Emp. l. 3. Adv. Mathem. c. 12 …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • polyanthus — ► NOUN (pl. same) ▪ a cultivated hybrid of the wild primrose and primulas. ORIGIN from Greek anthos flower …   English terms dictionary

  • polyanthus — [päl΄ē an′thəs] n. [ModL < Gr polyanthos: see POLY & ANTHOUS] 1. any of various primroses with many flowers 2. a tender, sweet scented narcissus (Narcissus tazetta) with clusters of small, star shaped flowers …   English World dictionary

  • polyanthus — UK [ˌpɒlɪˈænθəs] / US [ˌpɑlɪˈænθəs] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms polyanthus : singular polyanthus plural polyanthuses a small garden plant with bright flowers …   English dictionary

  • polyanthus — /pol ee an theuhs/, n., pl. polyanthuses. 1. a hybrid primrose, Primula polyantha. 2. a narcissus, Narcissus tazetta, having small white or yellow flowers. [1620 30; < NL < Gk polýanthos having many flowers. See POLY , ANTHOUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • polyanthus — noun a) The oxlip. So called because the peduncle bears a many flowered umbel. b) A bulbous flowering plant of the genus Narcissus …   Wiktionary

  • polyanthus — pol|y|an|thus [ ,pali ænθəs ] noun count or uncount a small garden plant with bright flowers …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • polyanthus — pÉ‘lɪ ænθəs / pÉ’l n. kind of narcissus with many star shaped flowers …   English contemporary dictionary

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