Definitions for crocusˈkroʊ kəs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cro•cusˈkroʊ kəs(n.)(pl.)-cus•es.

  1. any of various small bulbous plants of the genus Crocus, of the iris family, cultivated for their showy, spring-blooming flowers.

    Category: Plants

  2. an orange yellow; saffron.

  3. a polishing powder consisting of iron oxide.

Origin of crocus:

1350–1400; ME < L < Gk krókos saffron, crocus < Semitic; cf. Ar kurkum saffron

Princeton's WordNet

  1. crocus(noun)

    any of numerous low-growing plants of the genus Crocus having slender grasslike leaves and white or yellow or purple flowers; native chiefly to the Mediterranean region but widely cultivated

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. crocus(noun)ˈkroʊ kəs

    a small early spring flower


  1. crocus(Noun)

    A perennial flowering plant (of the Iridaceae family). Saffron is obtained from the stamens of Crocus sativus.

  2. crocus(Noun)

    Some similar flowering plants, such as the autumn crocus and prairie crocus.

  3. Origin: Through crocus, from κρόκος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crocus(noun)

    a genus of iridaceous plants, with pretty blossoms rising separately from the bulb or corm. C. vernus is one of the earliest of spring-blooming flowers; C. sativus produces the saffron, and blossoms in the autumn

  2. Crocus(noun)

    a deep yellow powder; the oxide of some metal calcined to a red or deep yellow color; esp., the oxide of iron (Crocus of Mars or colcothar) thus produced from salts of iron, and used as a polishing powder


  1. Crocus

    Crocus is a genus of flowering plants in the iris family comprising 90 species of perennials growing from corms. Many are cultivated for their flowers appearing in autumn, winter, or spring. Crocuses are native to woodland, scrub and meadows from sea level to alpine tundra in central and southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, on the islands of the Aegean, and across Central Asia to western China.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Crocus

    A plant genus, in the IRIDACEAE family, known as a source of Saffron.

Anagrams of crocus

  1. occurs

  2. succor

Translations for crocus

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a plant growing from a bulb and having brilliant yellow, purple or white flowers.

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