Definitions for amaryllisˌæm əˈrɪl ɪs
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am•a•ryl•lisˌæm əˈrɪl ɪs(n.)
any of several bulbous plants of the genus Hippeastrum, esp. H. puniceum, which has large red or pink flowers: popular as a houseplant.
Ref: Also called belladonna lily.
any of several other similar or related plants.
Origin of amaryllis:
1785–95; < L: name of a shepherdess in Virgil's Eclogues
bulbous plant having showy white to reddish flowers
The Belladonna Lilly
a pastoral sweetheart
a family of plants much esteemed for their beauty, including the narcissus, jonquil, daffodil, agave, and others
a genus of the same family, including the Belladonna lily
Amaryllis is a small genus of flowering bulbs, with two species. The better known of the two, Amaryllis belladonna, is a native of the Western Cape region of South Africa, particularly the rocky southwest area between the Olifants River Valley to Knysna. For many years there was confusion amongst botanists over the generic names Amaryllis and Hippeastrum, one result of which is that the common name "amaryllis" is mainly used for cultivars of the genus Hippeastrum, widely sold in the winter months for their ability to bloom indoors. Plants of the genus Amaryllis are known as belladonna lily, Jersey lily, naked lady, amarillo or, in South Africa, March lily due to its propensity to flower around March. This is one of numerous genera with the common name "lily" due to their flower shape and growth habit. However, they are only distantly related to the true lily, Lilium.
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