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Definitions for narcissus
nɑrˈsɪs əs; -ˈsɪs i, -ˈsɪs aɪnar·cis·sus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. narcissusnoun

    bulbous plant having erect linear leaves and showy yellow or white flowers either solitary or in clusters

  2. Narcissusnoun

    (Greek mythology) a beautiful young man who fell in love with his own reflection


  1. narcissusnoun

    Any of several bulbous flowering plants, of the genus Narcissus, having white or yellow cup- or trumpet-shaped flowers, notably the daffodil

  2. narcissusnoun

    A beautiful young man, like the mythological Greek Narcissus

  3. Narcissusnoun

    A youth who spurned the love of Echo and fell in love with his own reflection in a pool: in some versions of the myth, he drowned trying to reach it, while in others he sat fixated until a god took pity and transformed him into a flower.

  4. Etymology: From Νάρκισσος.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NARCISSUSnoun

    A daffodil.

    Etymology: Latin; narcisse, Fr.

    Nor Narcissus fair
    As o’er the fabled mountain hanging still. James Thomson.


  1. narcissus

    Narcissus is a genus of predominantly spring perennial plants of the amaryllis family, which includes different species commonly known as daffodils. They are known for their showy, trumpet-shaped flowers that come in a variety of sizes and colors. In Greek mythology, Narcissus was a hunter known for his beauty who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water, staring at it for the remainder of his life. Based on this legend, the term "narcissus" has become synonymous with extreme vanity or self-obsession.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Narcissusnoun

    a genus of endogenous bulbous plants with handsome flowers, having a cup-shaped crown within the six-lobed perianth, and comprising the daffodils and jonquils of several kinds

  2. Narcissusnoun

    a beautiful youth fabled to have been enamored of his own image as seen in a fountain, and to have been changed into the flower called Narcissus

  3. Etymology: [L. narcissus, and (personified) Narcissus, Gr. na`rkissos, Na`rkissos, fr. na`rkh torpor, in allusion to the narcotic properties of the flower. Cf. Narcotic.]


  1. Narcissus

    Narcissus is a genus of mainly hardy, mostly spring-flowering, bulbous perennials in the Amaryllis family, subfamily Amaryllidoideae. Various common names including daffodil, narcissus, and jonquil are used to describe all or some of the genus. They are native to meadows and woods in Europe, North Africa and West Asia, with a center of distribution in the Western Mediterranean. The number of distinct species varies widely depending on how they are classified, with the disparity due to similarity between species and hybridization between species. The number of defined species ranges from 26 to more than 60, depending on the authority. Species and hybrids are widely used in gardens and landscapes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Narcissus

    nar-sis′us, n. a genus of plants of the Amaryllis family, comprising the daffodils. [L.,—Gr. narkissosnarkē, torpor.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Narcissus

    a self-satisfied youth who disdained the addresses of Echo, in consequence of which she pined away and died, and who, by way of penalty, was doomed to fall in love with his own image, which he kept beholding in the mirror of a fountain till he too pined away and died, his corpse being metamorphosed into the flower that bears his name.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Narcissus

    A plant genus of the family LILIACEAE. Members contain ungiminorine and LECTINS.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Narcissus

    This flower is fabled to have sprung up on the spot where the beautiful Grecian youth so called died of love-sickness.


  1. Narcissus

    (Narcis′sus), son of Cephisus and the Naiad Liriope, was a beautiful youth, who was so pleased with the reflection of himself which he saw in the placid water of a fountain that he could not help loving it, imagining that it must be some beautiful nymph. His fruitless endeavors to possess himself of the supposed nymph drove him to despair, and he killed himself. There sprang from his blood a flower, which was named after him, Narcissus.

    “Narcissus so himself forsook, And died to kiss his shadow in the brook.”

    “Hadst thou Narcissus in thy face, to me Thou wouldst appear most ugly.” (Shakespeare.)

Who Was Who?

  1. Narcissus

    A lover who forgot there were other girls and pined away into a flower and a tiresome song.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of narcissus in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of narcissus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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