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Daffodilly

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Da'ffodil.
Daffodi'lly.
Daffodowndi'lly.
n.s. [Supposed by Skinner to be corrupted from asphodelus.]

This plant hath a lily-flower, consisting of one leaf, which is bell-shaped, and cut into six segments, which incircle its middle like a crown; but the empalement, which commonly rises out of a membranous vagina, turns to an oblong or roundish fruit, which is triangular, and gapes in three parts; is divided into three cells, and full of roundish seeds. Miller.

Strew me the green ground with daffodowndillies,
And cowslips, and kingcups, and loved lilies.
Spenser.

Bid Amaranthus all his beauty shed,
And daffodillies fill their cups with tears,
To strew the laureate herse where Lycid lies.
Milton.

The daughters of the flood have search'd the mead
For violets pale, and cropp'd the poppy's head:
The short narcissus, and fair daffodil,
Pancies to please the sight, and cassia sweet to smell.
Dryden.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Miller, Philip (58) · Milton, John (449) · Skinner, Stephen (55) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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