What does narcissus mean?

Definitions for narcissusnɑrˈsɪs əs; -ˈsɪs i, -ˈsɪs aɪ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. narcissus(noun)

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

  2. Narcissus(noun)

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


  1. narcissus(Noun)

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

  2. narcissus(Noun)

    A beautiful young man, like the mythological Greek Narcissus

  3. Narcissus(ProperNoun)

    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. Origin: From Νάρκισσος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Narcissus(noun)

    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. Narcissus(noun)

    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. Origin: [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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    If Narcissus was living today, he would've loved posting Selfies on social media; and if Echo was around, she would've 'liked' all those Narcissistic Selfies, as the number one follower of Narcissus.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    If Narcissus was living today, he would've loved Selfies, and surely enjoyed posting vivid selfies on social media, at least a couple of hundreds every day, so as to keep pace with Selfie-obsessed new generation.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    It's been debated for years whether Beauty is in the eye of the beholder or Beauty is in the heart of the beholder. Yet it's not so well appreciated that Beauty can be totally worthless without her true appreciator. As Sir Allama Iqbal pointed out in his poetry: "For a thousand years the most beautiful and rare flower of Narcissus (or Nargis) laments her blindness. It's with great difficulties that the one with true vision is ever born in the garden." I also believe that either Beauty or Creativity or Genius attains her true meaning only after meeting with her authentic aficionado, her true appreciator; and that seldom happens easily. A connoisseur is therefore absolutely critical, IMHO, for the existence of Beauty, Creativity and Genius in our world.

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